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Gould Island Light

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Year first lit  1889
Construction  brick
Height  9.1 m
Focal height  16 m
Deactivated  1947
Tower shape  conical tower
Opened  1889
Material  Brick
Gould Island Light
Location  north end of Gould Island
Original lens  fifth-order Fresnel lens
Similar  Sabin Point Light, Wickford Harbor Light, Whale Rock Light, Conanicut Island Light, Gould Island

Gould Island Light was a lighthouse located on Gould Island in Narragansett Bay.

History

Prior to 1885 the Old Colony Steamboat Company maintained its own light on the island; there were concerns about its reliability, and in 1885 the lighthouse board requested funds to build its own light. A $10,000 appropriation provided for a tower with a fog bell and a separate keeper's house, and in 1889 the light was shown for the first time. The plans for the keeper's house were reused for the Coney Island Light, built the following year.

The light was constructed about two-thirds of the way north along the east coast of the narrow island, and over the years complaints were registered that the light could not be seen from the south due to obstructing trees. Cutting down trees failed to resolve the problem, and in 1932 a second light was erected, an automated light on a skeleton tower at the southernmost point of the island.

The original light was extinguished in 1947, replaced by a skeleton tower nearby. This tower collapsed in 1988, and the site was abandoned, though the light on the south of the island remains in service. The tower and keeper's house were torn down in 1960.

References

Gould Island Light Wikipedia


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