Long Beach Bar (Bug Light) Lighthouse
History of light:
Current use: Active aid to navigation.
The surrounding area: The Orient Point lighthouse is a bit further along the road, as is the ferry to New London, CT. A ride on the ferry will give you a good view of the Orient Point and Plum Island lights. West of this light is the Horton Point Lighthouse. The North Fork also boasts an array of wineries, coastal views and several historical sites.
Public access? For special occasion overnight stays.
Similar Lights: Esopus Meadows in upstate NY. The former Bridgeport Harbor, CT light was the same structure and was also built on screwpiles.
Other information: Over $140,000 was raised by the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation to rebuild the light. Nickname of "Bug Light" comes from the appearance of the light with its original steel frame foundation which made the light look like a bug. It was very unusual for a screw pile foundation to be used this far north, as screw pile construction was subject to heaving from ice.
Who to Contact: The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation. 631-477-0004; 631-477-2100. Open during the summer.
|Research materials for this lighthouse can be found at the East Islip Public Library, East Islip, New York.|
|Note to Researchers: This is one of the lighthouses for which accurate information can be hard to find. Long Island Boating World's November/December 2004 issue contained a poorly researched and demonstrably inaccurate article, by Harlan Hamilton, on this lighthouse. I would not recommend it for use as a reference for researchers.|
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