Monday, August 19, 2013
Dutch Island sits in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. It was originally used as a trading outpost by the Dutch from New Amsterdam (you know it as New York), but the young United States thought it a good spot to fortify with cannon in case of sea invasion, and these fortifications remained from the Civil War through World War I.
A sturdy little 40-plus feet tower nesting on its rock, the light was automated in the 1940s. Vandalism came in the 1960s and ‘70s, but the locally formed Dutch Island Lighthouse Society came to the rescue and stored the structure. It resumed operation in 2007.
Have a look here at their site for some great photos and current info, and here for additional statistics and history on this lighthouseand its keepers.