"Pomham Rocks, Built 1871, the octagonal tower lights the way on the eastern side of the Providence River."
Now privately owned by the Exxon/Mobile Oil Company, this light house was active from 1871 to 1974. She was deactivated until 2006, during which she was under the care and restoration of the American Lighthouse Foundation. Exxon leased the light out to the ALF at no cost, at which she was restored and reactivated and placed in the National Register of Historic Places. Her design is very similar to that of Rose Island lighthouse simply because they used the same plan. It was, at the time, an award winning design by the well known Vermont architect, Albert Dow. This same design was so well received that there was a total of 4 lighthouses built using it; Rose Island, Pomham Rocks, Colchester reef and Sabin Point.
"Plum Beach Light House, located here off the coast of Jamestown, R.I. in the Narragansett Bay. Built in 1899 to guide ships through the treacherous waters of the west passage of the Narragansett."
This lighthouse has had a hard time of it from the start. Once built there wasn't enough funds left to purchase a proper lens and had to make do with a temporary lantern for the first few months of operation. Her location and the heavy shipping traffic made her the natural target, and it was hard finding keepers to staff her because of the danger and the isolation. She was deactivated when the Jamestown bridge, the first bridge that connected Kingstown to Jamestown, was erected. She then fell into disrepair and became a sort of giant bird house for the seagulls. One hundred years later, in 1999, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management transferred the deed over to The Friends of the Plum Beach Lighthouse and with government funds began restoration to the outside in 2003.
"Extending more than a mile off the coast of Narragansett, Rhode Island, Point Judith Light Station marks the entrance to the Narragansett bay. Built in 1810, this wood lighthouse was destroyed in the hurricane of 1815 and was replaced with a stone only to be replaced with the now granite lighthouse."
Heavy seas and dense fog along with dangerous shoals make this passage a very treacherous one. Because of the many ship wrecks and lives lost, the point is known as "the graveyard to the Atlantic".
courtesy of Wikimedia commons taken by tedkerwin
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