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Name: Hog Island Shoal Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, United States

Location: East passage of Narragansett Bay, near Mount Hope Bridge.

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Photo: Jeremy D'Entremont

Managing Organization:
Privately owned.

A privately owned beacon-boat was stationed at Hog Island Shoal beginning in 1866; it was replaced by a lightship in 1886 and the present lighthouse in 1901. The lighthouse was renovated by the Coast Guard in 1995. In 2006, the lighthouse was sold at auction for $165,000 to Jon and Juli Chytka of South Dakota.

Tower Height: 60

Height of Focal Plane: 54

Characteristic and Range: Six seconds white alternating with six seconds darkness.

Description of Tower: White, conical cast iron

This light is operational

Date Established: 1901

Date Present Tower Built: 1901

Date Automated: 1964

Optics: 1901: Fifth order Fresnel lens; 1903: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 250 mm.

Fog Signal: Now automated horn with two blasts every 30 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? no


Southbound on RI 114: You can see the lighthouse offshore to the right as you cross the Mount Hope Bridge. Just after crossing the bridge, turn right into a cloverleaf interchange. Circle around to Bristol Ferry Road and turn left. Cross a set of railroad tracks. Drive straight ahead to the old ferry wharf. If northbound on RI 114, drive straight ahead onto Bristol Ferry Road as you approach the Mount Hope Bridge. The view is fairly distant; bring your binoculars.

Keepers: Ernest W. Borgstrom (1901-?); Edward F. Duffy (c., 1935); Mahlon Burdge, assistant (c. 1935).


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