Shinnecock Light

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Shinnecock Light
Shinnecock Light, NY.JPG
1948, just before it was demolished
Shinnecock Light is located in New York
Shinnecock Light
Location Shinnecock Bay, south side of Long Island, New York
Coordinates 40°51′2″N 72°30′15″W / 40.85056°N 72.50417°W / 40.85056; -72.50417Coordinates: 40°51′2″N 72°30′15″W / 40.85056°N 72.50417°W / 40.85056; -72.50417
Year first lit 1858
Deactivated 1931, demolished 1948
Construction Brick
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern Red brick
Height 168 feet (51 m)
Original lens 1st order Fresnel lens
Characteristic Fixed White (1901)
Fog signal none
Admiralty number J0998
ARLHS number USA-755
USCG number

1-675 [1] [2]


Shinnecock Light was and is an important lighthouse on the south side of Long Island, New York. The name comes from the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

The original red brick tower was built in 1858. It was 168 feet (51 m) tall and had a 1st order Fresnel lens, itself almost 12 feet (3.7 m) tall. If it were still standing it would be one of the ten tallest lighthouses in the US. It was discontinued in 1931 in favor of a skeleton tower and demolished by the Coast Guard in 1948. Some time later the Coast Guard built a communication tower on the site and moved the light to the height of 75 feet (23 m) on that tower.