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Great Beds Lighthouse - 1880

Great Beds Lighthouse
The Great Beds Lighthouse sits about 3/4 of a mile off Staten Islandís, Wards Point, in Raritan Bay. The 60 foot tall lighthouse is a white boiler plated, caisson style structure, popular during that period. In 1878, the Lighthouse Establishment appropriated funds for the building of the light, to aid mariners around the Great Beds Shoal.

A dispute between New York and New Jersey over the rights of the shoal area delayed its final construction, until 1880 when New York ceded its rights to New Jersey. Great Beds Light has been the victim of many collisions by barges and ships during its long history. Fortunately, damages were always minor and probably added some excitement to the keeperís day. The USCG automated the light in 1945, updating it with a modern lens that shows a flashing red light.

Location: Raritan River
Visiting Status: Closed to Public
Information: N/A
Light Operational: Yes
Date Deactivated: N/A
Automated: 1945
Tower Height: 60 feet
Original Optic: 4th Order Fresnel
Present Optic: 155MM

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