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Dutch Island Light

Location: on Dutch Island near Jamestown, RI
Body of Water: Narragansett Bay
Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

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About Dutch Island Light


The location of the light is on Dutch Island. The nearest city is Jamestown, RI. The station was first established in 1826. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1857.

The lighthouse is a white brick building. The light has a nominal range of 3 nautical miles. The light has a period of 6 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Yes    Active?: Private aid to navigation.

Identification number: 19101 (U.S.)

The federal government acquired six acres at the southern tip of the island in 1825 and completed construction of the tower in 1826. On January 1, 1827, Dutch Island Light was lit to mark the island which separates the west passage of Narragansett Bay from Dutch Island Harbor. The first 30-foot tower was built of stones found on the island. A new tower was built in 1857.

In 1962, the light station property, except for the tower, was transferred to the state of Rhode Island. The island and lighthouse are now owned by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM). The Dutch Island Light was officially discontinued in 1979

The Dutch Island Lighthouse Society (DILS), a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation was founded to restore the lighthouse. In November 2007, the lighthouse was relit with about a 3 mile range.

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 6 second period, the light is on for less than 3 then off for more than 3.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons
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