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Fire Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Fire Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Fire Island

State: NY
Year established: 1827
Latitude: 40 deg 37 min 57 sec N
Longitude: 73 deg 13 min 7 sec W
Height above sea level: 167 feet

Original construction:
74-foot octagonal bluestone tower

1858: current 168-foot cylindrical brick tower, black and white horizontally banded, black at top
1912: cracks repaired by reinforcing bands around tower
1955: tower refaced
1983 -1986: restoration completed under direction of Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

deactivated 1974 - 1986; automated in 1986; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing every 7.5 seconds, visible for 24 nautical miles

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 244-247
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 87-88