Romer Shoal Light

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Romer Shoal Light
Romer Shoal Light Station.jpg
Romer Shoal Light is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Romer Shoal Light
LocationSouth of Ambrose Channel, New York Harbor
Coordinates40°30′46.823″N 74°0′48.672″W / 40.51300639°N 74.01352000°W / 40.51300639; -74.01352000Coordinates: 40°30′46.823″N 74°0′48.672″W / 40.51300639°N 74.01352000°W / 40.51300639; -74.01352000
Year first constructed1838
Year first lit1898 (current tower)
FoundationConcrete / cast iron caisson
ConstructionCast iron
Tower shapeFrustum of a cone -- sparkplug
Markings / patternWhite bottom, red top including lantern
Tower height54 feet (16 m)
Focal height54 feet (16 m)
Original lensFourth-order Fresnel lens
Current lens7.5 inches (190 mm)
Range15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
CharacteristicFlashing white twice 15 s
Fog signalHorn: 2 every 30 s
Admiralty numberJ1090
ARLHS numberUSA-701
USCG number1-35070

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Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Romer Shoal Light Station
Nearest cityHighlands, New Jersey
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectU.S. Lighthouse Board
MPSLight Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP reference #06001304 [4]
NJRHP #3713[5]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 24, 2007
Designated NJRHPAugust 16, 2006

Romer Shoal Light is a sparkplug lighthouse in Lower New York Bay, on the north edge of the Swash Channel, about 34 nautical mile (1.4 km; 0.86 mi) south of Ambrose Channel and 2 12 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) north of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in the entrance to New York Harbor.[6] It is in New Jersey, very close to the border with New York.[7]

The shoal was named for the pilot boat William J. Romer which sank there in 1863.[3] The light was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 as Romer Shoal Light Station.[4]

The Light was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The non-profit that has taken over stewardship of the Light is working with FEMA and private donors to save this national landmark.


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New Jersey". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  2. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 204.
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: New Jersey". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Monmouth County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. March 1, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 2, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  6. ^ NOAA Chart #12327 New York Harbor 1/40,000 2006
  7. ^ USGS quadrangle for cited location