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Old Orchard Shoal Light

Location: Gedney Channel / Lower NY Bay near Oakwood Beach, NY

Local Marine Forecast.

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories 

About Old Orchard Shoal Light

The location of the light is Gedney Channel / Lower NY Bay. The nearest city is Oakwood Beach, NY. The station was first established in 1893. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1893.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 51 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 7 nautical miles. The tower height is 35 ft. The light has a period of 6 seconds.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 1-35395 (U.S.)

The light has a red sector from 87 to 203. The range of the white light is 7 nm while the range through the red sector is 5 nm.

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.

Old Orchard Shoal Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 20, 2006, reference number 06000864.

NOTE: Sectors of colored glass are placed in the lanterns of some lights in order to produce a system of light sectors of different colors. In general, red sectors are used to mark shoals or to warn the mariner of other obstructions to navigation or of nearby land. Such lights provide approximate bearing information, since observers may note the change of color as they cross the boundary between sectors.
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