Robbins Reef Lighthouse - New Jersey

Robbins Reef Lighthouse - a beacon to a spark plug, located close to Constable Hook in Bayonne, District Hudson, New Jersey, United States, along the west side of Main Canal, Upper New York Bay. The tower and inner quarters for the caretakers were built in 1883. It replaced the octagonal granite tower built in 1839. The US Coast Guard owned and operated the light station until the 2000s.

Robbins Reef Lighthouse
Robbins Reef Lighthouse

Position

The light is on located on a small sandy ridge called Robyn's Rift by the Dutch settlers of this area. The reef is now called Robbins Reef. It is located near the entrance to the Kill van Kull, the strait that connects the New York Bay from the Gulf of Newark. Channel- one of the most commonly used in the Port of New York and New Jersey, it leads to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal.

Robbins Reef Lighthouse
Robbins Reef Lighthouse

History

The name comes from the New Netherlands era of the 17th century. In Dutch rob or robyn means seals, groups of which sometimes lay on the reef at low tide. The structure is also named Kate's Light in honor of Kate Walker, who "operated" the station alone after the death of her husband Captain John Walker in 1886, until 1919. She took her children to school in Bayonne. Herman Westgate was the last beacon keeper before it was finally automated. In 2009, Robbins Reef was put up for sale under the National Historic Lighthouse Conservation Act. In 2011, the Noble Maritime Collection, a maritime museum on Staten Island, was granted the right to operate a light station fromUSA. Office of General Services. The octagonal structure near the Robbins Reef Lighthouse is not the base of the original tower from 1839, but rather a sewer built around 1915.

Robbins Reef Lighthouse
Robbins Reef Lighthouse

Recent events

Recently, volunteers from the Noble Maritime Museum have been restoring the lighthouse, the internal restoration is almost complete. A local shipping company provides occasional transportation for volunteers. The major renovation is expected to be completed in the early 2020s, when the lighthouse will offer guided tours and even serve as bed and breakfast.