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Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

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Sandy Hook Light House – Sandy Hook, New Jersey
The Sandy Hook Light House, at the entrance to New York Harbor, was put into operation in 1764 to guide ships coming to the new country a safe passage into the harbor. The light house is still standing and certainly something amazing to see when you are visiting New Jersey. The area known as Sandy Hook stretches over four miles into the Atlantic and poses a serious navigational hazard for vessels seeking safe harbor. The light house helps to reduce the risk of ending up shipwrecked.

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was first known as the New York lighthouse. An article in the local paper stated the following: “On Monday Evening last the New York Lighthouse erected at Sandy Hook was lighted for the first time. The House is of an Octagonal Figure, having eight equal sides; the Diameter at the Base is 29 Feet and at the top of the Wall 15 Feet. The lanthorn is 7 Feet high; the circumference 33 Feet. The whole constructure of the Lanthorn is Iron; the top covered with copper. There are 48 Oil Blazes. The Building from the surface is Nine Stories; the whole from the Bottom to Top 103 Feet.