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Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
1. West Marker
Inscription.
“The Lighthouse Act of 1790 was sponsored by Alexander Hamilton and signed by George Washington at a time when the Federal Government capital was New York City. On the New York and New Jersey coastlines stand many historical lighthouses, monuments to early Coast Guard navigation and search-and-rescue history. The lighthouse at Sandy Hook, built in 1764, was one of the first to be constructed in the New World. Squan Beach, N.J., was the site of the rescue of 201 people from the British Bark Ayrshire. Robbins Reef light, in New York Harbor, is noted for having had the only female lighthouse keeper in the harbor. The Statue of Liberty’s lighted torch is still used as a navigation aid, guiding ships into port. The first lighted buoys used to mark shipping channels were deployed in New York Harbor. Coast Guard buoy tenders and icebreakers have long kept the Hudson River navigable and open to commercial shipping.”
 
Location. 40° 41.427′ N, 74° 1.299′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Craig Road and Division Road, on the left when traveling south on Craig Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on Governors Island. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
2. West Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wheeler Avenue (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flight on Governors Island (about 700 feet away); McKim, Meade & White, Architects of Governors Island (about 800 feet away); The Early Birds (about 800 feet away); Liggett Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slate Roofs on Colonels Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); Purchase of Governors Island Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clayton Road (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Governors Island.
 
Also see . . .  Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Marker on Governors Island image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
3. Marker on Governors Island
The marker is located in an area that is currently closed to visitors to Governors Island.
Marker from Division Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
4. Marker from Division Road
The marker is located among the bushes near the fence.
West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
5. West Marker
The Statue of Liberty, one of the navigation beacons mentioned on the marker, can be seen behind the marker.
Statue of Liberty image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 10, 2011
6. Statue of Liberty
This photo of the Statue of Liberty was taken from the marker.
Sandy Hook Light image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
7. Sandy Hook Light
As mentioned on the marker, this lighthouse was one of the first in the New World. It is the oldest lighthouse still in use in the United States.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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