Orient Long Beach Bar Light

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Orient Long Beach Bar Light
Orient Long Beach Bar Light ("Bug Light")
Orient Long Beach Bar Light is located in New York
Orient Long Beach Bar Light
Location Off Orient , in Gardiners Bay of Long Island, NY,
Coordinates 41°6′32″N 72°18′23″W / 41.10889°N 72.30639°W / 41.10889; -72.30639Coordinates: 41°6′32″N 72°18′23″W / 41.10889°N 72.30639°W / 41.10889; -72.30639
Year first constructed 1871
Year first lit 1871
Automated 1990
Deactivated 1945-1990
Foundation Concrete and steel caisson
Construction Wood Frame
Tower shape two story white frame house with mansard roof and attached tower, "Bug Light"
Height 58 feet (18 m)
Original lens Fifth order, Fresnel 1871
Range 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi)
Characteristic Flashing 4 Seconds
ARLHS number USA-448 [1]
USCG number 1-27975

Orient Long Beach Bar Light is a lighthouse off Orient, New York. It is interesting because it was originally a screwpile lighthouse that was later converted to concrete caisson foundation. Its early appearance as a screwpile lighhouse gave it the nickname "Bug Light" as there were no other such lighthouses in the vicinity.

The Long Beach Bar Light was destroyed in 1963 by fire. A replica was rebuilt upon the surviving foundation. The building was reassembled in 1990, and re-activated as a navigational aid in 1993.[2]

The Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a collection (#1055) of souvenir postcards of lighthouses and has digitized 272 of these and made them available online. These include postcards of Orient Long Beach Bar Light[3] with links to customized nautical charts provided by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.


  1. ^ ARLHS World List of Lights
  2. ^ Müller, Robert G. "Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, NY". Long Island Lighthouses. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ Smithsonian lighthouse postcards


2006 photo 
Plaque for the light in East Marion 

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