Rock Island Light

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Rock Island Light
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Rock Island Light
Rock Island Light is located in New York
Rock Island Light
Location Rock Island, Saint Lawrence River, New York, U.S.
Coordinates 44°16′50″N 76°1′1″W / 44.28056°N 76.01694°W / 44.28056; -76.01694Coordinates: 44°16′50″N 76°1′1″W / 44.28056°N 76.01694°W / 44.28056; -76.01694
Year first constructed 1848
Year first lit 1882
Deactivated 1956
Foundation Concrete and Limestone
Construction Cast Iron
Tower shape Conival
Markings / pattern White w/ Black Lantern
Height 30 feet (9.1 m)
Focal height 50 feet (15 m)
Original lens Sixth Order Fresnel lens
ARLHS number USA-697 [1]

Rock Island Light is a lighthouse on Rock Island in the Saint Lawrence River in the U.S. state of New York. It is owned by the New York State Parks. In 2007, the Council of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation received a $900,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The grant is for the restoration and developing of a method of presenting the historical information and context to the public. The grant is matched by $200,000 in state money. The restoration will include expanding the dock, providing water, sewer and electrical service to the island, restore the lighthouse and keeper's quarters and establish a museum for the role of Rock Island Light.[2]

Shipwreck[edit]

The A.E. Vickery sank August 17, 1889 when it struck a shoal while entering the "American Narrows" destined for Wisers Distillery at Prescott, Ontario, Canada, the makers of Wiser's whiskey.[3] The boat now rests near Rock Island and it is a favorite underwater diving attraction in the Thousand Islands.[4]

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