Light-tower is situated in 70 feet of water 7.4 miles
east of Sandy Hook. The tower went into operation
August 23, 1967. It is made of prefabricated sections
that were floated to the site on barges from Norfolk,
Virginia. The Texas-tower structure is supported by a
framework of four 42 inch diameter steel pipe legs.
Cross braced with 18 and 20 inch diameter steel pipes
the structure is designed to withstand even the worst
The station cost 2.4
million dollars to build. The platform is two decks
high. The lower deck housed the fuel and water tanks.
The upper deck provided living quarters for the 6
permanently assigned Coast Guard members and had room
for 3 transient members. Four crew members were on
duty at all times. Crew menbers served two weeks on
the platform before getting a week off. The roof of
the platform served also as a heliport.
The main light tower
juts from the southeast corner of the platform roof.
The focal plane of the light is about 136 feet above
men low water. The 10,000,000 candle-power light could
be seen about 18 miles. The characteristic of the
light is white group-flashing, with three flashes
every seven and half seconds.
The crew was
permanently removed from the station on March 15,
1988. The light-tower is now controlled electronically
from the Coast Guard station on Governor's Island.