19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Fire Island Lighthouse

A photo of the lighthouse on Fire Island, New York. It is within the Fire Island National Seashore, a part of the National Park System. The The current Fire Island Lighthouse was completed in 1858, It was equipped with a first order hydraulic lamp, with 5 concentric wicks, and used Colza oil or whale oil. The 16-foot-tall, beehive-shaped glass and brass apparatus was rotated by means of a clockwork mechanism with flying pendulum. It emitted a 5-second flash once every minute. With a focal plane of 166 feet above sea level, this light could be seen from ships at least 21-23 nautical miles at sea.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Fire Island, New York, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Francis Gallagher