Great Beds Lighthouse / Great Kills Lighthouse
South Amboy, New Jersey
At the mouth of the Raritan River
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Groups to join: New Jersey Lighthouse Society
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Great Beds lighthouse marks the entrance from the Raritan River from Lower New York Bay and Arthur Kill. It was built on oyster beds and that's how it got its name. The lighthouse is the symbol for South Amboy, New Jersey. There are several locations to distantly photograph it from in NJ and NY. It's less than a mile from shore.
The Lighthouse Hunters Experience:
For two days in August 2001 we sailed the Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean photographing local New Jersey lighthouses with our old 35 mm Canon camera. This was the first time we saw it up close. To take our sailboat here it's best if we have a southeast wind. On July 30, 2010 I borrowed a 500 mm lens for my Nikon D300 and shot the lighthouse distantly from NJ in the afternoon. Then on September 18, 2010 we used a Nikon 5700 camera and shot the lighthouse from Staten Island, New York. Finally on October 8, 2011, I was on a six hour lighthouse cruise with a few other NELL
members out of Breezy Point, NY. The 95 foot American Princess Cruises
took us to photograph nine lighthouses in New York and New Jersey. We had a great day.
Photographed it: August 1, 2001 / July 30, 2010 / Sept. 18, 2010 / October 8, 2011
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