circa 1914. From the
of Katharine House
Built in 1880, the 60 foot (18 m) tall Great Beds
Lighthouse sits atop
a caisson. It is constructed of white steel plates. The
located about 3/4 mile (1.2 km) off Staten Island, New
York in the
mouth of the Raritan River North of South Amboy.
Accessible only by
boat. Site and tower closed.
In the late 1800s there was a dispute between New York and
as to whom the lighthouse belonged. Eventually New York
gave up the
fight for the lighthouse. It was automated in 1945.Today
is the official symbol
for the small city of South Amboy.