Hog Island Shoal Light

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Hog Island Shoal Light is located in Rhode Island
Hog Island Shoal Light
Location Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°37′56.3″N 71°16′23.6″W / 41.632306°N 71.273222°W / 41.632306; -71.273222Coordinates: 41°37′56.3″N 71°16′23.6″W / 41.632306°N 71.273222°W / 41.632306; -71.273222
Year first constructed 1886
Year first lit 1901
Automated 1964
Foundation Cast iron & granite caisson
Construction Cast iron
Tower shape Sparkplug lighthouse
Markings / pattern White conical tower on black cylindrical pier
Height 60 feet (18 m)
Focal height 54 feet (16 m)
Original lens 5th order Fresnel lens 1901
Current lens 9.8 inches (250 mm)
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Isophase White, 6 seconds
Fog signal Horn, 2 blasts every 30 seconds
VHF radio activated
Admiralty number J0570
ARLHS number USA-373
USCG number

1-18145 [1] [2] [3]

Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse
Hog Island Shoal Light in 2007.jpg
Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse as seen from a boat
Built 1901
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
MPS Lighthouses of Rhode Island TR
NRHP Reference # 88000282 [4]
Added to NRHP March 30, 1988

Hog Island Shoal Light, built in 1901, is a sparkplug lighthouse on a shoal off of Hog Island, Rhode Island. It is located about 600 feet (180 m) southeast of the island, at the entrance to Mount Hope Bay. It stands on a circular concrete foundation set in about 10 feet (3.0 m) of water, and rising about 6 feet (1.8 m) above the water line. It was built to replace a light ship, and was the last light station formally established in the state.[5] The lighthouse was automated in 1964. In 1988 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2006 the lighthouse was auctioned by the GSA as government surplus to a private buyer.

The light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[4]

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  1. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2012. p. 171. 
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Rhode Island". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2012-10-31). "Lighthouses of Rhode Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "Lighthouses of Rhode Island MPS" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-03.