Rock Island Light
Rock Island Light
|Location||Rock Island, Saint Lawrence River, New York, U.S.|
|Year first constructed||1848|
|Year first lit||1882|
|Foundation||Concrete and Limestone|
|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 |
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.
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. The boat now rests near Rock Island and it is a favorite underwater diving attraction in the Thousand Islands.
- ARLHS World List of Lights
- Council of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation 2007 Annual Report, pg 19
- "RockIslandLightHouse.org". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "www.shipwreckexpo.com". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Rock Island Lighthouse Historical & Memorial Association
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