National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Lighthouse Postcards

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Navesink postcard face - click to enlarge

Navesink postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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State: NJ
Year established: 1828
Latitude: 40 deg 23 min 47 sec N
Longitude: 73 deg 59 min 9 sec W
Height above sea level: 246 feet

Original construction:
two rubble towers 100 yards apart

1862: 2 current 73-foot brownstone towers built; octagonal north tower, square south tower

decommisioned in 1949; museum, private aid to navigation operating from April 15 - November 15

Light characteristic:
Occulting white every 10 seconds (5+ seconds white, 5- seconds dark)

In 1841, the first Fresnel lens in the U.S. was installed in the south tower; in 1883, the station became the first first-order U.S. light to be fueled by kerosene; in 1898, the oil lamps were replaced by the first electric lamp in a US lighthouse

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 253-259
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 90-91
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. 68-69