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Cold Spring Harbor Light
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Date Established: 1889
Date Present Tower Built: 1890
Date Automated: 1948
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Open to Public?: No, now on private land - visible only from the water
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DescriptionA muddy sand bar extends about 1500 feet outy from the eastern side of Centre Island and constituted a navigational hazard for ships endering Cold Spring Harbor. An offshore light square wooden pyramidal light was built atop a concrete filled iron caisson in 1890. The light, when it was in operation had a focal plane of just over 40 feet. Originally the light exhibited a fixed white light from the lantern room; a red sector was added later based on request from mariners.
In 1965 the light was removed from its foundation and replaced by a skeletal steel tower. The lighthouse was loaded onto a barge that went aground on a sand bar. It took a year before there was a tide high enough to refloat the barge, after which the lighthouse was relocated to land where it now stands. The Cold Spring Harbor light is the only lighthouse on Long Island that has ever been moved.