Romer Shoal Light

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Romer Shoal Light
Romer Shoal Light Station.jpg
Romer Shoal Light is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Romer Shoal Light
Location South of Ambrose Channel, New York Harbor
Coordinates 40°30′46.823″N 74°0′48.672″W / 40.51300639°N 74.01352000°W / 40.51300639; -74.01352000Coordinates: 40°30′46.823″N 74°0′48.672″W / 40.51300639°N 74.01352000°W / 40.51300639; -74.01352000
Year first constructed 1838
Year first lit 1898 (current tower)
Automated 1966
Foundation Concrete / cast iron caisson
Construction Cast iron
Tower shape Frustum of a cone -- sparkplug
Markings / pattern White bottom, red top including lantern
Height 54 feet (16 m)
Focal height 54 feet (16 m)
Original lens Fourth-order Fresnel lens
Current lens 7.5 inches (190 mm)
Range 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristic Flashing white twice 15 s
Fog signal Horn: 2 every 30 s
Admiralty number J1090
ARLHS number USA-701
USCG number

1-35070 [1] [2] [3]

Romer Shoal Light Station
Nearest city Highlands, New Jersey
Area less than one acre
Built 1898
Architect U.S. Lighthouse Board
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP Reference #


NJRHP # 3713[5]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 24, 2007
Designated NJRHP August 16, 2006

Romer Shoal Light is a sparkplug lighthouse in Lower New York Bay, on the north edge of the Swash Channel, about 34 nautical mile (1.4 km; 0.86 mi) south of Ambrose Channel and 2 12 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) north of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in the entrance to New York Harbor.[6] It is in New Jersey, very close to the border with New York.[7]

The shoal was named for the pilot boat William J. Romer which sank there in 1863.[3] The light was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 as Romer Shoal Light Station.[4]

The Light was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The non-profit that has taken over stewardship of the Light is working with FEMA and private donors to save this national landmark.


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New Jersey". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  2. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 204. 
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: New Jersey". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Monmouth County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. March 1, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ NOAA Chart #12327 New York Harbor 1/40,000 2006
  7. ^ USGS quadrangle for cited location