Sabin Point Light

The Sabin Point Light was a lighthouse in the Providence River. It was removed as part of a channel-widening project in 1968.

Sabin Point Light
Sabin Point Lighthouse.jpg
Sabin Point Light (USCG)
Locationsouthwest of Sabin Point in the Providence River
Coordinates41°45′43″N 71°22′27″W / 41.76194°N 71.37417°W / 41.76194; -71.37417Coordinates: 41°45′43″N 71°22′27″W / 41.76194°N 71.37417°W / 41.76194; -71.37417 (approx.)
Constructed1872 Edit this on Wikidata
Foundationgranite pier
Constructiongranite mansonry
Tower height36 feet (11 m) (incl. foundation)
Tower shapesquare house with integral tower
First lit1872
Automated1956
Deactivated1968
Focal height11 m (36 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Lenssixth-order Fresnel lens
Range6.5 nautical miles; 12.1 kilometres (7.5 mi)
Characteristicfixed red
ARLHS no.USA715 Edit this on Wikidata
USCG no.1-18455 Edit this on Wikidata

HistoryEdit

This light was constructed in 1872 to mark a bend in the shipping channel southwest of Sabin Point. The Second Empire style house was constructed according to a plan by Albert R. Dow, the winning design in a contest sponsored by the Lighthouse Service. Nearly identical lights were constructed at Colchester Reef, Pomham Rocks, Esopus Meadows Light and Rose Island. Initially the keeper also had responsibility for the beacon which was replaced in 1876 by the Bullock's Point Light.

The light weathered the hurricane of 1938 fairly well, albeit with serious flood damage to the first floor. The keeper's wife, Annie Whitford, was washed away three times, but managed not only to survive but to keep the light going through the storm. On a less perilous note, two of her daughters were married at the light, the second to the son of the keeper of the Warwick Light.

In 1956 the light was converted to electricity and automated. In 1968 widening of the shipping channel led the harbor authority to order the removal of the light, and it was burned down and the foundation razed. An automated beacon was placed on a dolphin nearby; the light was discontinued in 1989 and replaced with a day beacon.

ReferencesEdit

  • "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Rhode Island". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  • D'Entremont, Jeremy. "Sabin Point Light: History". Retrieved 2008-06-27.
  • Holmes, R. "Rhode Island Lighthouse History: Sabin Point Light". Retrieved 2008-06-27.