Since 1898, the Romer Shoal Lighthouse has stood off the shore of Staten
Island, serving mariners who sail through the Swash Channel. During the
first World War, the Navy stationed personnel in the lighthouse to keep
track of vessels entering and leaving the harbor. The United States Coast
Guard took over the duties of the light in 1939 and automated it in 1966.
Romer Shoal remained on the Lighthouse Doomsday list until it was recently
reinstated as an active navigational aid.
It remains as a symbol of hope for all the other lights that are facing
extinction. Although the New York skyline is visible in the distance, a
feeling of isolation settles in when you sail past this historic
Location: Swash Channel/New York Lower Bay Visiting Status: Closed to Public Information: N/A Light Operational: Yes Date Deactivated: N/A Automated: 1966 Tower Height: 54 feet Original Optic: 4th Order Fresnel Present Optic: 190 MM