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Name: Robbins Reef Light  

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Also known as: Kate's Light

Nearest Town or City:
Bayonne, New Jersey, United States

Location: New York Harbor, one mile from Staten Island.

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Photo: Jim Crowley
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Managing Organization:
Noble Maritime collection


Kate Walker was keeper of this lighthouse from 1886 to 1919, and was credited with a number of lives saved. She rowed her children to Staten Island for school every day.

Tower Height: 45

Height of Focal Plane: 56

Characteristic and Range: Green flash every 6 seconds.

Description of Tower: Cast iron

This light is operational

Date Established: 1839

Date Present Tower Built: 1883

Date Automated: 1966

Optics: 1883: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 300 mm.

Fog Signal: Originally a bell, later an air siren.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

This lighthouse can be seen from the Staten Island Ferry.

Keepers: John Walker (1883-1886, died in service), Kate Gortler Walker (1886-1919), Herman Westgate (?)

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