Whale Rock Light

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Whale Rock Light
Whale Rock Lighthouse RI.JPG
Whale Rock Light is located in Rhode Island
Whale Rock Light
Location Whale Rock,
Narragansett Bay,
Washington County,
Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°26′37″N 71°25′25″W / 41.44361°N 71.42361°W / 41.44361; -71.42361Coordinates: 41°26′37″N 71°25′25″W / 41.44361°N 71.42361°W / 41.44361; -71.42361
Year first constructed 1882
Year first lit 1882
Deactivated Destroyed in Hurricane of 1938
Foundation Bedrock
Construction Cast Iron
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
ARLHS number USA-883
USCG number

1-19090 [1]


Whale Rock Light was a sparkplug lighthouse marking Whale Rock, a dangerous island in the entrance to the West Passage of Narragansett Bay in Washington County, Rhode Island.

The rock is now marked by Whale Rock Lighted Gong Buoy 3.[3]


The lighthouse was built on the rock in 1882.

It was destroyed in the New England hurricane of 1938 when it was dislodged from its foundation, killing keeper Walter Eberle.

Part of the lighthouse foundation remains and the remains of the lighthouse are underwater nearby.[1][2]