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NAVESINK TWIN LIGHTS

State: NEW JERSEY
Location: LOWER NEW YORK BAY
Nearest City: HIGHLANDS
County: MONMOUTH
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1828


Navesink Twin Lights
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1996
Existing Historic North Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1862
  • Is the Light Operational? YES (PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION)
  • Date Deactivated: 1898-1962
  • Automated: 1962
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: BROWNSTONE W/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: TWO TOWERS ON FORTRESS STYLE STRUCTURE
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL (NORTH TOWER)
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 73
  • Original Optic: SECOND ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1841 (FIRST ORDER FRESNEL INSTALLED IN 1862)
  • Present Optic: 1881 SIXTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1962
  • Height of Focal Plane: 246
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
Existing Historic SouthTower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1862
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1952
  • Automated: 1949
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: BROWNSTONE W/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: TWO TOWERS ON FORTRESS STYLE STRUCTURE
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 73
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1841
  • Present Optic: NONE
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 246
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: 1898 FIRST ORDER BIVALVE LENS ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUM SINCE 1979
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1828
  • Description: BLUE SPLIT STONE/OCTAGONAL
  • Fate/Disposition: TORN DOWN 1862
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1862
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: FORTRESS
  • Construction Materials: BROWNSTONE
Other Structures: BRICK ELECTRIC GENERATOR BUILDING (1909)

Current Use: MUSEUM (PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NORTH TOWER)

Owner/Manager: NEW JERSEY DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING; Reference #70000389
Name of Listing: TWIN LIGHTS
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1962

Miscellaneous:
SITE OF FIRST FRESNEL LENS EXPERIMENTS (1841); FIRST SEACOAST TOWER TO USE MINERAL OIL IN LAMPS; STATION USED FOR WIRELESS TELEGRAPH DURING 1899 AMERICAS CUP RACES; SITE OF 1ST ELECTRIC ARC LAMP (1898)



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