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    Posted August 6, 2014 by
    BrianCSlater
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    Jamestown, Rhode Island
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    The lure of lighthouses

    Beavertail Lighthouse

     
    Originally built of wood in 1749, the third lighthouse in the North American colonies, Beavertail Lighthouse on Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay was destroyed by fire in 1753. In 1779, British soldiers retreating from Newport burned the tower and removed the lighting equipment, leaving the beacon darkened for the rest of the Revolution. The exposed the foundation of the 1753 lighthouse can be seen in one of these pictures of the current 1856 structure.
    Made of granite, the current lighthouse was built with the latest (for 1856) in optical innovation, a third-order Fresnel lens, imported from France, which was removed in 1991.
    The official website of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association can be found at: www.beavertaillight.org/
    These pictures were taken using Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) in October, 2007.
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