Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Sponsored by: Hot Boat Club Members
Memorial for Club Member "Kenny Goldovsky"
Building Craftsmen: Club Members
Light dedication: June 30, 2007
GPS: 34º 17' 56.99" N - 114º 7' 45.92" W
Beacon flash sequence: Amber 60 times per minute
The Sandy Hook lighthouse was the first lighthouse in the country to be lit by electric incandescent lamps in 1889. Earlier, in 1886, the Lighthouse Board experimented with electric arc lamps placed in the torch of the Statue of Liberty, which was used briefly during this time as an aid to navigation.
In 1996, the ownership of the lighthouse was transferred from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service.
In 1964, the lighthouse celebrated its 200th Anniversary. It is the oldest original lighthouse in the country. At a ceremony celebrating this event, Walter I. Pozen, a New Jersey native and assistant to the Secretary of the Interior dedicated the lighthouse as a National Historic Landmark and presented a scroll and plaque to Captain J. H. Wagline, Chief of Staff of the Third Coast Guard District which maintains the light. The plaque was bolted to the base of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse and surrounding Fort Hancock are part of Gateway National Recreation Area. The lighthouse is still in active operation and is equipped with a 3rd order Fresnel lens illuminated by a 1000 watt bulb, and emitting 45,000 candle-power. It is visible 19 miles at sea.