Pomham Rocks Light

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Pomham Rocks Light
Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.jpg
Pomham Rocks Light in 2007, viewed from a boat.
Pomham Rocks Light is located in Rhode Island
Pomham Rocks Light
LocationRiverside Rd., East Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°46′39.062″N 71°22′10.394″W / 41.77751722°N 71.36955389°W / 41.77751722; -71.36955389Coordinates: 41°46′39.062″N 71°22′10.394″W / 41.77751722°N 71.36955389°W / 41.77751722; -71.36955389
Year first constructed1871
Year first lit1871
Tower shapeOctagonal on square house
Markings / patternWhite with black lantern and red roof on house
Focal height67 feet (20 m)
Original lens6th order Fresnel lens
Current lens9.8 inches (250 mm)
Range6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)
CharacteristicFixed Red
Fog signalnone
Admiralty numberJ0602
ARLHS numberUSA-643
USCG number1-18555

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Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Pomham Rocks Light Station
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
MPSLighthouses of Rhode Island TR (AD)
NRHP reference #79000001 [4]
Added to NRHPJuly 09, 1979

Pomham Rocks Light (also known as "Pomham Lighthouse") is a historic lighthouse in the Providence River about 200 yards (180 m) off the shoreline of the Riverside neighborhood of the city of East Providence, Rhode Island.

The light was established in 1871. The light was one of a group of New England lighthouses built to the same plan after an award-winning design by a Vermont architect. Nearly identical lights were constructed at Sabin Point, Rose Island, and Colchester Reef. It was deactivated in 1974, but relighted on July 30, 2006. The light was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Pomham Rocks Light Station on July 9, 1979. In the 1970s the light was sold to The American Lighthouse Foundation, and is today managed by the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.

List of keepers[edit]

  1. C.H. Salisbury (1871 – 1893)
  2. Mary A. Salisbury (1893)
  3. Nathaniel Dodge (1893 – 1898)
  4. Thomas S. Fishburne (1898 – 1908)
  5. Adolf H. Aronson (1908 – 1937)
  6. William James Howard (1937 – 1951)
  7. Howard B. Beebe (1951 – 1956)
  8. Unknown (1956-1971)
  9. Dennis Tardiff (1971 – 1974)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 169.
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Rhode Island". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-12-08). "Lighthouses of Rhode Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.