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Block Island North Light
Block Island, Rhode Island
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Block Island North Light
Jeremy D'Entremont

Station established: 1829; Present lighthouse built: 1868

Automated: 1956; Discontinued: 1973; Relighted: 1989. Light removed to a skeletal tower in 2003.

Lighthouse relighted as a private aid to navigation in October 2010.

Characteristic: Flashing white every five seconds.

Optics: Seven oil lamps and 16-inch parabolic reflectors (1829); Fourth order Fresnel (1868)

Construction material: Granite, iron; Height of tower: 55 feet; Height of focal plane: 58 feet

Other buildings still standing: Two storage buildings
Location: Sandy Point, north end of Block Island
Nearest town: New Shoreham

41 13 40 N
71 34 33 W

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Accessibility: Block Island is accessible via ferry from Point Judith, RI, New London, CT, and Montauk, NY. The lighthouse is a long walk from the ferry terminal; a car or bicycle is recommended, or you can hire a taxi.  Reaching the lighthouse requires walking for about 20 minutes from the parking area on a sandy beach. There is an interpretive center in the first floor of the building.

For more information contact:
North Light Commission
PO Box 220
Block Island, RI 02807
(401) 466-3213
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Block Island Tourism Council
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