Orient Long Beach Bar Light

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Orient Long Beach Bar Light
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Orient Long Beach Bar Light ("Bug Light")
Orient Long Beach Bar Light is located in New York
Orient Long Beach Bar Light
LocationOff Orient , in Gardiners Bay of Long Island, NY,
Coordinates41°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 constructed1871
Year first lit1871
Automated1990
Deactivated1945-1990
FoundationConcrete and steel caisson
ConstructionWood Frame
Tower shapetwo story white frame house with mansard roof and attached tower, "Bug Light"
Tower height58 feet (18 m)
Original lensFifth order, Fresnel 1871
Range8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi)
CharacteristicFlashing 4 Seconds
ARLHS numberUSA-448 [1]
USCG number1-27975

Orient Long Beach Bar Light is a lighthouse off Orient, New York. 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.

References[edit]

  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

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