Rose Island Light

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Rose Island Lighthouse viewed from Rose Island 2006.jpg
Rose Island Light is located in Rhode Island
Rose Island Light
LocationNewport, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°29′43.68″N 71°20′33.78″W / 41.4954667°N 71.3427167°W / 41.4954667; -71.3427167Coordinates: 41°29′43.68″N 71°20′33.78″W / 41.4954667°N 71.3427167°W / 41.4954667; -71.3427167
Year first constructed1870
Year first lit1870
Tower shapeOctagonal
Markings / patternWhite tower on dwelling
Tower height35 feet (11 m)
Focal height48 feet (15 m)
Original lens6th order Fresnel lens, 1870
CharacteristicFlashing white, 6 seconds
Fog signalnone
Admiralty numberJ0543
ARLHS numberUSA-703
USCG number1-17857

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Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Rose Island Lighthouse
Rose Island Light in 1905 in Rhode Island.jpg
1905 postcard
Part ofFort Hamilton Historic District (#01001158)
MPSLighthouses of Rhode Island TR
NRHP reference #87000033[4]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 10, 1987
Designated CPOctober 22, 2001

The Rose Island Light, built in 1870, is on Rose Island in Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island in the United States. It is preserved, maintained and operated by The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation.

One of a group of New England lighthouses built to an award-winning design by Vermont architect Albert Dow,[3] Rose Island Light has sisters at Sabin Point, Pomham Rocks, and Colchester Reef. The lighthouse stands atop a bastion of Fort Hamilton, which was built in 1798-1800.

The building was abandoned as a functioning lighthouse in 1970, when the Newport Bridge was constructed nearby. In 1984, the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation was founded to restore the dilapidated light on behalf of the City of Newport, which had received it for free from the United States government.[5] In 1987, the federal government listed the lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1992 it was relit as a private aid to navigation.[1][2]

The lighthouse is today a travel destination, reached only by boat. For a fee to the Foundation, visitors can spend a night as a guest or a week as the "lighthouse keeper," completing many of the chores required to keep the lighthouse in good condition.

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  1. ^ a b Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2012. p. 179.
  2. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Rhode Island". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ (2012-10-31). "Lighthouses of Rhode Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  5. ^ (accessed Dec. 9. 2008)

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