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Name: Little Gull Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Orient Point, New York, United States

Location: Between Fisher's Island and Plum Island, Long Island Sound.

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Managing Organization:
Private Owner

The Hurricane of 1938 did tremendous damage at this station. After the light was automated in 1978 the Coast Guard demolished the keeper's house. In 2012, under the National Lighthouse Historic Act, the lighthouse was sold at auction for $381,000.

Tower Height: 81

Height of Focal Plane: 91

Characteristic and Range: Group flashing white 15 sec.

Description of Tower: Conical granite tower with white and red lantern.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1806

Date Present Tower Built: 1869

Date Automated: 1978

Optics: 1858: Third order Fresnel lens; 1869: Second order Fresnel lens; 1995: modern plastic optic. The second order Fresnel lens is now on display at the East End Seaport Maritime Museum in Greenport.

Fog Signal: Automated horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? no

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation holds occasional lighthouse cruises that include views of Little Gull Island Light; call (516) 477-2121 or email for information. Also, Capt. John's Sport Fishing Center in Waterford, Connecticut, offers a lighthouse cruise that includes this lighthouse; call (860) 443-7259 or email for details.

Keepers: William Murray (1913-1917), Lawrence H. Congdon (April 1, 1922 to March 1, 1924)


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