The US Coast Guard has confirmed the total loss of the Old Orchard Shoal Light off Great Kills Beach, Staten Island. The historic structure was swept away by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.

First lit on April 25, 1893, the sparkplug lighthouse in lower New York Bay has marked a large shoal area for the past 119 years.

Post Hurricane Sandy. photo: US Coast Guard Northeast

Old Orchard Shoal Light on September 22, 2012, photo taken during WHC’s Lighthouse tour. photo: Mitch Waxman

Listed on the National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Program as one of New York’s Historic Light Stations and one to visit, the Old Orchard Shoal Light was one of the lighthouses featured on the recent Working Harbor Committee Lighthouse tour, held just a little over a month ago on September 22, 2012.

Old Orchard Shoal Light on September 22, 2012, photo taken during WHC’s Lighthouse tour. photo: Mitch Waxman

Post Hurricane Sandy. photo: US Coast Guard Northeast

Little did we know that we would not see this historic sparkplug structure again. Now, crumbled remnants of her concrete landings on rip rap are all that remain.

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

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