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
LocationWhale Rock,
Narragansett Bay,
Washington County,
Rhode Island
Coordinates41°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 constructed1882
Year first lit1882
DeactivatedDestroyed in Hurricane of 1938
ConstructionCast Iron
Tower shapeConical
Markings / patternWhite with black lantern
Original lensFourth order Fresnel lens
ARLHS numberUSA-883
USCG number1-19090



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]


  1. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Rhode Island". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  2. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ (2009-10-03). "Lighthouses of Rhode Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  3. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2013. p. 177.