Whale Rock Light

Whale Rock Light was a sparkplug lighthouse marking Whale Rock, a dangerous island in the entrance to the West Passage of Narragansett Bay in Washington County, Rhode Island.[1][2]

Whale Rock Light
Whale Rock Lighthouse RI.JPG
LocationWhale Rock, Washington County, Rhode Island, US
Coordinates41°26′N 71°25′W / 41.44°N 71.42°W / 41.44; -71.42
Constructed1882 Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionbedrock (foundation), cast iron (tower) Edit this on Wikidata
Shapeconical Edit this on Wikidata
Markingswhite (tower), black (lantern) Edit this on Wikidata
First lit1882 Edit this on Wikidata
Deactivated1938 Edit this on Wikidata
Lensfourth order Fresnel lens Edit this on Wikidata

The rock is now marked by Whale Rock Lighted Gong Buoy 3.[3]


The lighthouse was built on the rock in 1882.

It was destroyed in the New England hurricane of 1938 when it was dislodged from its foundation, killing keeper Walter Eberle.

Part of the lighthouse foundation remains and the remains of the lighthouse are underwater nearby.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Rhode Island". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.
  2. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ (2009-10-03). "Lighthouses of Rhode Island". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  3. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2013. p. 177.