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Cedar Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Cedar Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Historical chart

Cedar Island

State: NY
Year established: 1839
Latitude: 41 deg 2 min 27 sec N
Longitude: 72 deg 15 min 40 sec W

1868: existing square granite tower on two-story granite dwelling

deactivated in 1934; replaced by square green day-board "3CI" on skeleton tower

Originally on an island 200 yards from shore, the "Great" hurricane of 1938 shifted bottom sands to create a narrow strip connecting the island to the shore, now a park owned by Suffolk County

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 230-233