Although this lighthouse is often listed as being in New York, it actually is in New Jersey waters. It is believed that it was built as an experimental lighthouse at the U.S. Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Depot on Staten Island. It was apparently dismantled and moved to Romer Shoal in 1898. The tower has some structural problems and there was talk of moving it back to Staten Island, to the grounds of the proposed National Lighthouse Center and Museum. However, in 2011 the GSA put the lighthouse up for Auction - it was sold to John Scalia for $90,000.
Tower Height: 54
Height of Focal Plane: 54
Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 15 seconds.
Description of Tower: Cast-iron
Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1838
Date Present Tower Built: 1898
Date Automated: 1966
Optics: 1898: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 190 mm.
Fog Signal: Automated horn; two blasts every 15 seconds.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Romer Shoal Light can be seen very well from the north point of Sandy Hook in New Jersey.