Shinnecock Light

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Shinnecock Light
Shinnecock Light, NY.JPG
1948, just before it was demolished
Shinnecock Light is located in New York
Shinnecock Light
LocationShinnecock Bay, south side of Long Island, New York
Coordinates40°51′2″N 72°30′15″W / 40.85056°N 72.50417°W / 40.85056; -72.50417Coordinates: 40°51′2″N 72°30′15″W / 40.85056°N 72.50417°W / 40.85056; -72.50417
Year first lit1858
Deactivated1931, demolished 1948
Tower shapeConical
Markings / patternRed brick
Tower height168 feet (51 m)
Original lens1st order Fresnel lens
CharacteristicFixed White (1901)
Fog signalnone
Admiralty numberJ0998
ARLHS numberUSA-755
USCG number1-675

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Shinnecock Light was a lighthouse on the south side of Long Island, New York. The name comes from the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

The original red brick tower was built in 1858. It was 168 feet (51 m) tall and had a 1st order Fresnel lens, itself almost 12 feet (3.7 m) tall. If it were still standing it would be one of the ten tallest lighthouses in the US. It was discontinued in 1931 in favor of a skeleton tower and demolished by the Coast Guard in 1948. Some time later the Coast Guard built a communication tower on the site and moved the light to the height of 75 feet (23 m) on that tower.


  1. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-12-24). "Lighthouses of the United States: Downstate New York". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.