Robbins Reef Lighthouse / Katie’s Light / Kate's Light
Bayonne, New Jersey
In New York Harbor off the northern tip of Staten Island
Body of water:
New York Harbor
Style of lighthouse:
Lens & Location:
300 mm lens in the lantern room
Groups to join: New Jersey Lighthouse Society
Owned by: The Noble Maritime Collection
National Register of Historic Places:
Since July 19, 2006
Do the grounds have lodging:
Coming in 2015?
On a license plate:
On a USPS Stamp:
Other Lighthouse Information:
Robbins Reef is off Constable Hook at the entrance to the Kill van Kull, a strait connecting to the heavily used Newark Bay. Katherine Walker took over lighthouse duties when her husband died in 1890. His last words to her were, "Mind the light, Kate." The Noble Maritime Collection became the steward of Robbins Reef Light Station. They plan to made it a Bed and Breakfast. This lighthouse can also be seen from the Staten Island Ferry. The lighthouse is 2 miles from the Statue of Liberty. Prior to 9-11 New York's Twin Towers used to be in the background of the lighthouse. In 2012 Hurricane Sandy damaged parts of the lighthouse with the 24 foot waves. Work was done in 2014 and a webcam was installed.
The Lighthouse Hunters Experience:
We've only photographed the Robbins Reef lighthouse a few times over the years. For 4 days in June 2004 we took our sailboat up to the Long Island Sound. We photographed 16 lighthouses in Connecticut and New York on this hot and humid summer mini trip. We sailed under 9 bridges each way during this trip. We have a six foot keel and we can't get as close to the lighthouses that a motor boat could with a shallow draft. I can't remember where the distant shot was taken from.
Photographed it: 1998? / June 4, 2000 / June 16, 2004
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