Fort Wadsworth Light

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Fort Wadsworth Light
Fort Wadsworth Light
Fort Wadsworth Light is located in New York City
Fort Wadsworth Light
Fort Wadsworth Light is located in New York
Fort Wadsworth Light
Fort Wadsworth Light is located in the United States
Fort Wadsworth Light
LocationWest bank of the Narrows, on Staten Island
Coordinates40°36′21″N 74°3′14″W / 40.60583°N 74.05389°W / 40.60583; -74.05389Coordinates: 40°36′21″N 74°3′14″W / 40.60583°N 74.05389°W / 40.60583; -74.05389
Year first constructed1903
Year first lit1903
FoundationFort's parapet
Tower shapeCylindrical
Markings / patternRed Brick
Tower height15 feet (4.6 m)
Focal height75 feet (23 m)
Original lensFourth Order Fresnel lens
Range14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi)
Fog signalBell
ARLHS numberUSA-301 [1]

Fort Wadsworth Light is a 1903 lighthouse built atop Battery Weed on Staten Island in New York Harbor. The light illuminates the Narrows, the entrance to the harbor. It is located under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Fort Wadsworth Light was part of the transfer of Fort Wadsworth from the Navy to the National Park Service in March 1995 as part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Its light was visible for 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi). The lantern was possibly moved from Fort Tompkins Light in 1903. When the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge opened in 1965 the lighthouse became obsolete. Dark for many years, it was restored and converted to solar power by volunteers in 2005.[2]


External links[edit]

  • "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  • National Park Service Historic Lighthouses
  • NPS on Fort Wadsworth
  • National Parks of NY Harbor - Fort Wadsworth
  • National Park Service - Gateway National Recreation Area