Images of Point Judith Light at Rhode Island

Images of Point Judith Light at Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

We have posted twice in the past images from the Point Judith Light, in 2014 and 2015 and can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks.

High resolution images for sale of Point Judith Light at Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island can be found on our website, Karatzas Images.

Images herebeleow were taken in March 2019:

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

Images of Point Judith Light on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Image credit: Karatzas Images

 

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Beavertail Lighthouse

Images of Beavertail Lighthouse (Rhode Island)

The present Beavertail Lighthouse was built in 1856,  and still is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island, USA, marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay. The 64-foot (20 m) lighthouse lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island in the town of Jamestown, Rhode Island in Beavertail State Park, on a site where beacons have stood since the early 18th century. The original lighthouse (which was then known as “Newport Light”) was built  of wood in 1749, and was rebuilt in 1753 after a fire destroyed the original structure. The present lighthouse is the third to be built around that location.

The light provides navigation for boats and ships entering Narragansett Bay in the East Passage between Conanicut Island and Newport, Rhode Island on Aquidneck Island. Other lighthouses, such as Castle Hill Lighthouse, Point Judith Light, and Rose Island Light are visible from Beavertail Lighthouse.

Its white light rotates counterclockwise and makes a full rotation in about six seconds. The light is on 24 hours per day; it has a loud foghorn that blasts about every 30 seconds during the fog.

According to the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association website, key days in the history of the lighthouse:

1657 – Conanicut Island was purchased from the Narragansett Indians by a group of settlers from Newport.

1712 – The first official request for a permanent navigational aid (a lighthouse) was recorded in the documents of the Newport Town Meeting.

1731 – To raise funds for lighthouse construction, the first tariff was placed on imported and exported cargo passing through Newport (10 shillings per ton foreign; 18 shillings per ton local).

1749 – In February, the following appeared in the Newport Town Record:

“A committee was appointed to build a Lighthouse at Beavertail on the Island of Jamestown, alias Conanicut, as there appears a great necessity for a lighthouse as several misfortunes have happened lately for want of a light.”

Construction of the first lighthouse, the third in the colonies, began in May and ended in September 1749. The lighthouse was constructed of wood.

1753 – The wooden lighthouse was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original.

1779 – British soldiers retreating from Newport burned the tower and removed the lighting equipment, leaving the beacon darkened for the rest of the Revolution.

1783 – Repair of the lighthouse was completed. United States Congress established its authority over the nation’s twelve lighthouses.

1852United States Lighthouse Board was established, and the agency quickly set about creating a modern lighthouse system.

1856 – A new lighthouse was constructed to replace the deteriorating 1753 structure. The new one measured 10 feet square, and 64 feet to the beacon. The new optic was a third-order Fresnel lens imported from France, a sparkling beehive of glass similar to that now housed in the Museum. The old tower was removed and on its foundation was built a fog-whistle house.

1898 – A dwelling was added to house an assistant keeper, who helped with fog signal duties. This house now serves as the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum.

1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 exposed the foundation of the original lighthouse, 100 feet in front of the present light. Hidden by the fog whistle building, it had long been forgotten.

1972 – The beacon was automated, part of a program which in 1989 ended the profession of lighthouse keeping in the United States (except for the Boston Light). Dominic Turillo was the last keeper to serve at Beavertail.

1983 – The Rhode Island Parks Association began restoring the deteriorating Assistant Keeper’s House as a lighthouse museum.

1989 – The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum was opened, the result of a joint effort by the Rhode Island Parks Association, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Town of Jamestown, and the United States Coast Guard.


 

Lighthouse Beavertail 1

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 2

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 3

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 4

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 5

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 6

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 7

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 8

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 9

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 10

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 11

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Beavertail 12

Beavertail Lighthouse, the third in the location and built in 1856, is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island; marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay, lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island. http://www.karatzas.com


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Point Judith Light

Images of Point Judith Lighthouse (Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island)

The Point Judith Light is located at the north side of the eastern entrance to Block Island Sound and on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. The confluence of two waterways make this area busy with water traffic and the waters around Point Judith are very cold and dangerous. Historically, even with active lighthouses, there have been many shipwrecks off these coasts.

From the U.S. Coast Guard website:                                                                             Point Judith property was purchased on 25 May, 1809 from Hazard Knowles for the sum of $300.00. Point Judith has often been referred to as the “Cape Hatteras of New England”.

The treacherous waters and rocky shoreline was the scene of many shipwrecks in the 19th century. In an effort to protect mariners, William Ellery, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, established Point Judith Light in 1810. The Lighthouse was built of rough stone and was 35 feet high. The original lighthouse was destroyed in the hurricane of September 1815 and was rebuilt in 1816. To further protect shipping, a life saving station was established in July of 1875. Point Judith Station is the oldest station, on a continuous location, in the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England area of operation. It was one of the five original life saving stations that protected shipping on the southern shores surrounding Rhode Island. The station was manned by regularly employed Surfmen and was equipped with lifeboat and breeches buoy apparatus. So successful was this, that a new and larger station was built in 1882 to accommodate newer equipment and a larger crew. In September of 1933, the station was gutted by fire and then replaced with the present building in 1937. The destructive hurricane of 1938 destroyed the boathouse near Breakwater Village. A new boathouse was constructed in 1940 at Galilee. The present light was built in 1857. The tower is octagonal with the upper half painted brown and the lower half painted white. It’s 51 feet above ground and 65 feet above sea level and has a visibility of 16 NM on a clear day. Point Judith was very active during World War II and just two days prior to the end of the war (in Europe) assisted in the rescue of the steam collier “Black Point” which was torpedo four miles off the point.


 

Location Narragansett, Rhode Island
Year first constructed 1810
Year first lit 1857
Automated 1954
Foundation Granite blocks
Construction Granite blocks
Tower shape Octagonal conical
Markings / pattern Lower half, white
upper half, brown
Black lantern
Height 51 feet (16 m)
Focal height 65 feet (20 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Current lens original
Range 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
Characteristic Occulting 3 white 15 seconds
5s on, 2s off; 2s on, 2s off; 2s on, 2s off
Fog signal Horn, 1 blast every 15 seconds
Admiralty number J0628
ARLHS number USA-625
USCG number 1-19450

 

Lighthouse Point Judith 1

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 2

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 3

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 4

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 5

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 6

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 7

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 8

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 9

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 10

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 11

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com

Lighthouse Point Judith 12

Built in 1857, of granite and in octagonal conical shape, with a brown upper and white lower half as distinctive daymark, Point Judith Light marking the west entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. http://www.karatzas.com


 

© 2013-2015 Basil M Karatzas & Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.  All Rights Reserved.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS:  Vessel description is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct and accurate but no assurances, warranties or representations are made herewith. Vessel description is provided for entertainment  purposes only. We have no responsibility whatsoever for any errors / omissions in vessel description.

Access to this blog signifies the reader’s irrevocable acceptance of this disclaimer. No part of this blog can be reproduced by any means and under any circumstances, whatsoever, in whole or in part, without proper attribution or the consent of the copyright and trademark holders of this website. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that information herewithin has been received from sources believed to be reliable and such information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing, no warranties or assurances whatsoever are made in reference to accuracy or completeness of said information, and no liability whatsoever will be accepted for taking or failing to take any action upon any information contained in any part of this website.  Thank you for the consideration.