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Name: Old Orchard Shoal Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Staten Island, New York, United States

Location: Lower New York Bay

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Photo: Jim Crowley

Managing Organization:
Private Owner

This lighthouse originally served as a front range light; the skeletal Waackaack tower in Keansburg, NJ, served as the rear range light. The Lighthouse was sold by the General Services Admin. in 2010 for $40,000 to a private individual. The auction took place under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. The lighthouse was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, on October 29, 2012.

Height of Focal Plane: 51

Description of Tower: Conical, cast iron

This light is operational

Date Established: 1893

Date Automated: 1955

Optics: 1893: Fourth order Fresnel lens; later until 2012: 250 mm.

Fog Signal: Formerly air siren.

Current Use: Destroyed in 2012.

This site is located offshore of the Gateway National Recreation Area's Great Kills Park. Enter the park through the large parking area to the first Beachhouse Parking Lot.

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