Sunday, January 29, 2012

0124. USA - Sandy Hook Lighthouse (US Coast Guard LH Series-1990)

Sandy Hook Lighthouse is located 3 kms inland from the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.  This Lighthouse is the oldest working Lighthouse in USA and also the only Lighthouse tower surviving from the colonial period.

The Lighthouse was designed and built by Isaac Conro.  During its construction, the Lighthouse was only 150 meters from the tip of Sandy Hook.  But, due to growth caused by littoral drift, the Lighthouse is presently 3 kms inland from the tip.

The Lighthouse helps mariners entering the Southern end of the New York Harbor.  The Lighthouse was originally called as New York Lighthouse. 

USPS commemorated the Sandy Hook Head Lighthouse (State of New Jersey - US Eastern Coast) by the release of  25c stamp on 26-Apr-1990 in its US Coast Guard Lighthouse Stamp Series-1990.

The 1990 Lighthouse Stamp series is to commemorate the US Coast Guard Bicentennial and US Lighthouse Service and also the series represented one Lighthouse from each of the main coastal regions in the United States.

Built in the year 1764, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse:
  • Tower is OCTAGONAL rubble stone
  • Tower is painted WHITE
  • Lantern is painted RED
  • Height is 26 metres
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is continuous, day and night

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