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Prince's Bay Light
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Date Established: 1828
Date Present Tower Built: 1864
Height of Focal Plane: 106 ft.
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DescriptionPrince's Bay lighthouse was built in the early 1800's to support the oyster industry off the south shore of Staten Island. The present brownstone structure was built in 1864 to replace an older rubble stone tower. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1922 and sold in 1926. The rear range marker was placed in 1953 near the edge of the cliff. The property that the lighthouse sits on atop the cliffs was purchsed by the State of New York and the Trust for Public Lands from the Archdicoese of New York in 1999. The area is now known as the Mt. Loretto Unique Area and is managed by the NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation. Plans are being developed, if funds can be secured, to relight the beacon atop the tower. The views shown were taken from the waters of Raritan Bay below the lighthouse.
The lighthouse can be reached on foot by paths in the Mt Loretto Unique Area. There is a small parking lot off of Hylan Blvd. The best views from land are in the winter when the leaves are down.