Cold Spring Harbor Light

Cold Spring Harbor Light
Cold Spring Harbor Light
Location Entrance ot Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island
Coordinates Preserved light 40°54′26.0″N 73°30′35.5″W / 40.90722°N 73.509861°W / 40.90722; -73.509861
Active aid 40°54′51.0″N 73°29′35.2″W / 40.91417°N 73.493111°W / 40.91417; -73.493111Coordinates: 40°54′51.0″N 73°29′35.2″W / 40.91417°N 73.493111°W / 40.91417; -73.493111
Year first lit 1890
Deactivated 1965
Foundation Cast iron/concrete caisson
Construction Orig Wood
Tower shape Skeletal/Orig square pyramidal
Height Original: 35 foot tower on caisson, 44 feet above sea level
Current: 37 feet (11 m)
Original lens Fourth order, Fresnel
Range Current: 7 miles (11 km)
Characteristic Original:Fixed red light, Orig White w/black lantern
Current: Fl. White w/fixed red sector

Cold Spring Harbor Light was a lighthouse located in Cold Spring Harbor on the North shore of Long Island. It was built in 1890 to mark a shoal at the entrance to Cold Spring Harbor. After the lighthouse was deactivated in 1965, the original light and tower were purchased by a private individual and moved to its current location on land, 1 mile (1.6 km) to the southwest. An automated light tower and day beacon were erected on the original caisson, and continue to serve as a navigation aid.


1875, March 3: $20,000 was appropriated for the construction of the light.
1889 Construction of the light was started.
1890 The finished lighthouse was built on a caisson in Cold Spring Harbor.
1890, January 31: The light was first lit.
1919 An inspection of the light revealed $12,800 in damage was done to the light by ice.
1929 The light was refitted with an oil vapor lamp.
1965 The light was severely damaged after a collision with what local experts believed to be a disoriented humpback whale. As a result of the exorbitant costs to repair the structure, the light was deactivated. A local resident saved the light from destruction by purchasing the light for $1 and moving it to her property where the light still resides.

External links

Postcard, about 1905 
Modern Light, 1999 

Further reading

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