Jamestown, Rhode Island
Built in 1827
On a small island off Conanicut Island, in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.
|Latitude: 41° 29' 48" N
Longitude: 71° 24' 16" W
One of the islands that could prove dangerous to mariners was tiny Dutch Island which was jutting off from the larger Conanicut Island. Dutch Island lighthouse was built here in 1827 to guide mariners away from the island.
William Dennis was the first Keeper and was a Revolutionary War veteran. Although appointing war veterans as Keepers was a common practice, in this case Williams was nearly 80 years old at the time he took the job in 1827. He went on to become one of the oldest lighthouse keepers in New England’s history, serving to the age of 93.
Dutch Island had two close shipwrecks on its rocky shores, In 1903, the steamer Steamboard landed about 30 feet from the tower with no casualties, and the Rosalie, with its cargo of white beans, spilling the cargo into the water which soon were washing up all over the shoreline.
In April 2000 the Coast Guard leased the light to the American Lighthouse Foundation. The lighthouse was recently restored after years of raising funds, it was relit in 2007 (photo above taken before the restoration).
Places to Visit Nearby:
Dutch Island Lighthouse Society
PO Box 435
Saunderstown, Rhode Island 02874
Local Boat Tours
Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!
Offers specific lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay and to Block Island in addition to other adventure tours.
22 Colvintown Rd.
Coventry, RI 02816
Home (401) 821-7373
Boat/Cell (401) 487-9044
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