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Friday, August 7, 2009

North Light - Block Island

The remote lighthouse on the north side of Block Island is accessible only on foot. Take the sandy stroll, it’s worth it.

The Block Island North Light, shown here, is the ancestor of many attempts to save and preserve mariners on some very dangerous waters, and from grounding on Sandy Point. Many ships were wrecked along here, and a few continued to be even after the first light was constructed in 1829.

This is the fourth light, opened in 1868, a granite building with an iron tower. It was automated in 1956, deactivated in 1973, but the lighthouse was re-lit in 1989. Renovations continue, and a museum occupies the first floor. Eventually, it is hoped that the lighthouse may be opened for overnight accommodations.

For more on the Block Island North Light, have a look at this website.

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