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Long Beach Bar (

Long Beach Bar (

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Historical chart

Long Beach Bar ("Bug Light")

State: NY
Year established: 1871
Latitude: 41 deg 6 min 32 sec N
Longitude: 72 deg 18 min 22 sec W
Height above sea level: 58 feet

Original construction:
White tower and dwelling on screw-pile base

1924: Screwpile foundation replaced by concrete caisson
1963: destroyed by arson
1990: replica constructed

light decommissioned in 1943; recommissioned in 1990; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 4 seconds visible for 8 nautical miles

Structure restored by the East End Seaport Marine Foundation

More information:
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 48-49
U.S. Coast Guard, DHS, LIGHT LIST Volume I, ATLANTIC COAST. St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey, (Washington, DC:U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), p. 259