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Staten Island Light

Staten Island Rear Range
Location New York City
Coordinates 40°34′33.8″N 74°08′28.5″W / 40.576056°N 74.141250°W / 40.576056; -74.141250Coordinates: 40°34′33.8″N 74°08′28.5″W / 40.576056°N 74.141250°W / 40.576056; -74.141250[1]

Year first lit 1912
Foundation Grey limestone
Construction Yellow Brick
Tower shape Octagonal
Markings / pattern Natural
Height 90 ft (27 m)
Focal height 231 ft (70 m)
Original lens Second Order Fresnel lens
Range 18nm
Characteristic Fixed White (F W) (lit 24 hours, visible only on range)
Admiralty number J1082
ARLHS number USA-809 [2]
USCG number 1-34795 [3]
Staten Island Light
Staten Island Light
Location S side of Edinboro Rd., bet. 402 and 426, Richmond County, New York

40°34′33.8″N 74°8′28.5″W / 40.576056°N 74.141250°W / 40.576056; -74.141250

Area less than one acre
Built 1912
Governing body United States Coast Guard
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP Reference # 05001340[4]
Added to NRHP November 30, 2005

The Staten Island Range Light, also known as the Ambrose Channel Range Light, is the rear range light companion to the West Bank Lighthouse.[5] The 90-foot tower sits more than five miles northwest of the West Bank Lighthouse, on Staten Island’s Richmond Hill (Lighthouse Hill), 141 feet above sea level. It shows a fixed white light that can be seen for 18 miles (on range only).[6]

It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1968 and remains a valuable aid to navigation for ships entering the Ambrose Channel in Lower New York Bay.[6] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[4]


External links

  • Lighthouse Friends site (photo)
  • National Lighthouse Museum (photo)
  • USCG list of Fresnel lenses still in operation December 2008
  • Coast Guard list of Lighthouses
  • Coast Guard list of assets
  • National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program's Inventory of Historic Light Stations
  • National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program's Inventory of NY Historic Light Stations
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