A Foggy Morning at Eaton's Neck

Folks that know me well know that bad weather seems to follow my planned trips to take photographs. Sunday, June 13, 1999 was no exception. I had decided to take a trip to Eaton's Neck on this day, and had called ahead earlier in the week after seeing that the weather forecast was good. Naturally, the sun ran and hid that morning. I was joined by fellow lighthouse fan Mike Seewald, who lives not far from me and has visited the light several times. We drove from Setauket to Eaton's Neck, arriving around 9AM. It was foggy and dim but, as Mike pointed out, a bad day at a lighthouse is better than a good day at work. SA Bryan Mastrangelo gave us a tour of the station and took us up into the tower. This is a purely subjective observation, but the tower "feels" similar to the Montauk Point tower, which had been built about two years earlier by the same builder. As you can see in my photos, the old keeper's quarters are no longer there (Harlan Hamilton has a picture of it in his book), having burned down and been replaced by government housing.

I'll return in good weather one day and get better images, but at least visitors to this web sight can get an idea what this light, the second oldest on Long Island, looks like.

 

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The octagonal stone tower stands 73 feet tall.

 

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Looking down into the Third Order Fresnel lens to see the 1000 watt lamps.

 

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The stairs between the service room and lantern.

 

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