Whitestone Point Lighthouse (minor aid)
Description: Original structure was a "square pyramidal frame tower on piers; lower part, white; upper wood-color" with a "bell struck by machinery a double blow every 30 sec." Base of structure to center of lantern 20 feet. It had a fixed white lens lantern 36 1/2 feet above water.
History of light:
Current use: Active aid to navigation.
Similar Lights: There were a few of these small wooden towers in the Third District. Hell Gate (Hallett's oint) was one, and there was one at West Point for some time.
Other information: Virtually unknown light with very little available history. This was a minor aid to navigation, not a "lighthouse" as we generally think of them, but it was a part of the area's aids to navigation history. Nearby Willetts Point was home to Civil War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Abaither J. Knowles.
|Research materials for this lighthouse can be found at the East Islip Public Library, East Islip, New York.|
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