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The 6 Lighthouses

 

 

Fowey Rocks

Submitted by Eric S. Martin

Active: Yes
Characteristics: flashing white every 10-seconds with two red sectors.
Height: 125 feet
DayMark: Brown octagonal, pyramidal skeletal tower enclosing white stair cylinder and octagonal dwelling with green trim and shutters.
History: Constructed in 1877-78. First lighted June  15, 1878.
Lens: Original: First-order revolving Fresnel lens; Present: Vega VRB-25 rotating beacon; RACON. Focal Plane: 110 feet.
Construction: Architect: unknown. Builders: Paulding and Kemble Cold Spring, New York (iron foundation); Pusey, Jones & Company, Wilmington, Delaware (iron tower). Iron screwpile constructed of wrought iron.

Operated by: Biscayne National Park - Contact Joshua Marano
Visit Status: Closed to public,
Facilities: None, no handicap access
Visitor Info: From land can be seen on a clear day from the top of Cape Florida Lighthouse. Boats can be chartered out Key Biscayne/Miami area.

 

Carysfort Reef


submitted by Eric S. Martin

 

Active: Yes
Characteristics: Three-group flashing white every 60-seconds with three red sectors.
Height: 112 feet
DayMark: Dark red octagonal, pyramidal skeletal tower enclosing stair sylinder and conical dwelling; black screwpile foundation.
History: Constructed in 1852. First lighted Mach 10, 1852. It is the oldest iron screwpile lighthouse still functioning in the US. On the National Register Listing.  Lighthouse light turned off and structure abandoned 2015.
Lens: Original: Eighteen patent lamps with 21-inch reflectors (1852); Winslow Lewis. Present: Vega VRB-25 rotating beacon; RACON. Focal Plane: 100 feet.
Construction: Architect: I.W.P. Lewis. Builders: Lt. George Gordon Meade. Iron screwpile constructed of wrought iron.

Operated by: United States Coast Guard
Visit Status: Closed to public,
Facilities: None, no handicap access
Visitor Info: Can be seen by land from Ocean Reef Club (a private resort) on a clear day. Boats can be chartered out of Key Largo to go out to the light or from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation has been formed to promote the establishment of a lighthouse museum and future access to the light.

 

    Alligator Reef

  

 

Submitted by Eric S. Martin

Active Yes

Characteristics: Four-group flashing white every 60-seconds with two red sectors.
Height: 150 feet
DayMark: White octagonal, pyramid skeletal tower enclosing stair cylinder and square dwelling; black pile foundation

History: Constructed 1871-1873. First Lighted: November 25, 1873. Automated: 1963. Lighthouse light turned off and structure abandoned 2015.
Lens: Original: Revolving 1st order Fresnel lens. Present: Vega VRB-25 rotating beacon; RACON. Focal Plane: 136 feet.
Construction: Builders: Paulding & Kemble. Iron screwpile, skeletal tower constructed of wrought iron and wood.

Operated by: United States Coast Guard
Visit Status: Closed to public,
Facilities: None, no handicap access
Visitor Info: Can be viewed from Islamorada at the south end of Upper Matecumbe Key. The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation has been formed to promote the establishment of a lighthouse museum with future lighthouse tours and access.

Sombrero Key


Submitted by Eric S. Martin

 

Active: Yes
Characteristics: Five-group falshing white every 60-seconds with three red sectors.
Height: 156 feet, 133 steps
DayMark: Brown, octagonal, pyramidal skeletal tower

History: Constructed 1857-1858. First Lighted: March 17, 1858. Automated: 1960. Third and last iron screw pile lighthouse in the Florida Keys built by Captain George Gordon Meade.  Lighthouse light turned off and structure abandoned 2015.


Lens: Original: First-order fixed Fresnel lens; Henry-LePaute 1858. Present: Veg VRB-25 roating beacon. Focal Plane: 142 feet.
Construction: Builders: George Gordon Meade. Screwpile, skeletal tower constructed of wrought iron and wood.

Operated by: United States Coast Guard
Visit Status: Closed to public
Facilities: None, no handicap access
Visitor Info: Approachable by boat from Marathon and can be seen from land at Sombrero Beach State Park. The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation has been formed to promote the establishment of a lighthouse museum with future lighthouse tours and access

American Shoal

Submitted by James Wolfrum

Active: Yes
Characteristics: Three-group flashing white every 15-seconds with two red sectors.
Height: 124 feet
DayMark: Brown octagonal pyramidal skeletal tower enclosing white staricase and brown octagonal dwelling; screwpile foundation.
History: Constructed 1879 - 1880. First Lighted: July 15, 1880. Lighthouse light turned off and structure abandoned 2015.
Lens: Original: 1st order revolving Fresnel lens (removed in 1980). Present: Vega VRB-25 revolving beacon; RACON. Focal Plane: 109 feet.
Construction: Builders: Phoenix Iron Co. Iron screwpile constructed of wrought iron.

Operated by: Untied States Coast Guard
Visit Status: Closed to public,
Facilities: None, no handicap access
Visitor Info: From Sugarloaf Key the lighthouse is approachable by boat and can be seen from shore. The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation has been formed to promote the establishment of a lighthouse museum with eventual lighthouse tours and access.ri

 

Sand Key


submitted by Eric S. Martin

 

Active: Yes
Characteristics: Two-group flashing white every 15-seconds.
Height: 132 feet, 112 steps
DayMark: Brown, square pyramidal skeletal tower with white lantern
History: Constructed 1852-1853. First Lighted July 20, 1853. Active, but deactivated 1989-1996 during restoration. On National Register Listing. Lighthouse light turned off and structure abandoned 2015.
Lens: Original: Revolving first-order Fresnel lens (removed 1982); Henry-LePaute (1853). Present: Vega VRB-25 rotating beacon. Focal Plane: 109 feet.
Construction: Architect: I.W.P. Lewis. Builders: Lt. George Gordon Meade and John F. Riley Iron Works. Iron screwpile constructed of wrought iron and wood.

Operated by: GSA (General Services Administration) To be released Summer of 2016.
Visit Status: Closed to public,
Facilities: None, no handicap access
Visitor Info: Approachable by boat from Key West. The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation has been formed to promote the establishment of a lighthouse museum with future lighthouse tours and access.

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