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Dutch Island Lighthouse

dutch island light

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


New England Lighthouses


Historic Stories:

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. dutch island light
Vintage image courtesy of
US Coast Guard

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:

Jamestown hosts a number of museums for visitors to learn about the area. Visitors will also find a diverse number of parks and recreational activities to enjoy.

The lighthouse can only be viewed by boat. Rhode Island Bay Cruisesoffers tours by the lighthouse. Snappa Charters also passes by the lighthouse.


Contact Info:
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!


Rhode Island Bay Cruises
Offers weekly lighthouse tours in season.

347 Roger Williams Way
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-4040



Snappa Charters
Offers specific lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay and to Block Island in addition to other adventure tours.

(401) 782-4040
22 Colvintown Rd.
Coventry, RI 02816
Home (401) 821-7373
Boat/Cell (401) 487-9044

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