US Lighthouse Board

  • Also Known As: United States Lighthouse Service
  • American


The Aids to Navigation mission of the US Coast Guard dates back to the building and illumination of the first American lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor in 1716. In 1851, the United States Congress created the United States Lighthouse Board under the Department of Treasury to replace the original Lighthouse Establishment in the supervision of the construction and maintenance of all lighthouses and navigation aids in the United States. - AsNotedIn

Notable Position Person From To
Board Member Samuel Francis du Pont 1851
Board Member Alexander Dallas Bache 1851
Lighthouse Board Engineer for Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts James Chatham Duane 1868 1879
Lighthouse Inspector, Secretary George Dewey 1880 1882


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Architect Passage Island Light Station Isle Royale National Park
Architect Latimer Reef Light Station Fishers Island
US Agency Orchard Shoal Light Station, Old New York City
Architect Orient Point Light Station Orient
Architect Stamford Harbor Lighthouse Stamford, CT
Architect West Bank Light Station New York City
Architect Great Captain Island Lighthouse Greenwich
Architect Kilauea Point Light Station Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Architect Kilauea Point Light Station Kilauea
Architect Aransas Pass Light Station Port Aransas
Architect Romer Shoal Light Station Highlands Borough
Architect Block Island South East Light New Shoreham, Block Island, RI
Architect Superior Entry South Breakwater Light Superior
Architect Great Beds Light Station South Amboy
US Agency Manana Island Fog Signal Station Monhegan Island
US Agency Wolf Trap Light Station Poquoson East
US Agency Kenosha North Pierhead Light Kenosha
US Agency Thimble Shoal Light Station Hampton
US Agency Smith Point Light Station Smith Point
US Agency Newport News Middle Ground Light Station Newport News
US Agency Cape Henry (Second Tower) Light Station Virginia Beach
Architect Bodie Island Light Station Nags Head
Architect Point Robinson Light Station Vashon Island
Architect Five Finger Light Station Petersburg
US Agency Spectacle Reef Light Station Benton Township
US Agency Menominee Pierhead Light Station Menominee
Architect Poverty Island Light Station Fairbanks Township
US Agency Stepping Stones Light Station Kings Point
US Agency Tinicum Island Range Rear Light Station Billingsport
Architect St Joseph North Pier Inner and Outer Lights St Joseph
US Agency Middle Island Light Alpena
Architect Bellevue Range Rear Light Station Wilmington, DE
Architect East Charity Shoal Light Cape Vincent, NY
Architect Green Bay Harbor Entrance Light Green Bay (Lake Michigan)
US Agency Navesink Light Station Highlands
Architect Ship John Shoal Light Station Sea Breeze
Architect Robbins Reef Light Station Bayonne
1851/03/03 US Congress passes An Act Making Appropriations for Light House, Light Boats, Buoys, etc requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a board of officers of the Navy, Army Engineers and of scientific to guide legislation on navigational aids. Genesis
1851/04/28 The United States Lighthouse Board members convene their first meeting: William B Shubrick, Samuel F Du Pont, James Kearney, Alexander D Bach and Joseph Henry. Lt Thornton Jenkins, US Navy, as secretary. Begun
1866/00/00 US Agency Kenosha Light Station Kenosha
1868/10/20 Huron Island Lighthouse begins operation, producing a white light with a focal plane of 198 feet. US Agency Huron Islands Lighthouse Huron Islands, MI
1873/00/00 Lighthouse repaired and moved to present location US Agency Matagorda Island Lighthouse Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area
1877/00/00 Agency Liston Ranger Rear Light Station Port Penn, DE
1878/00/00 A new 48-foot (15 m) cast-iron, brick-lined lighthouse tower is built inside the 1804 tower, which was eventually removed. US Agency Portsmouth Harbor Light New Castle, NH
1878/00/00 After experimenting in the 1870's in finding a better fuel, the US Lighthouse Board introduces kerosene, or mineral oil. The adoption of using the new fuel is slowed since the lens lamp has to be converted to use it. US Agency Rise of the Lighthouse
1896/10/00 Big Bay Point Light Station is built by the 11th District Light-House Engineer, May to October 1896 US Agency Big Bay Point Light Station Big Bay, MI
1903/00/00 Muskegon South Pierhead Light conical steel tower is built utilizing the original, historic lantern room from the previous 1870 lighthouse structure. Architect Muskegon South Pierhead Light Muskegon
1904/12/22 Lightship No 83 is delivered to the US Lighthouse Establishment. US Agency RELIEF (lightship) Seattle
1906/06/30 Determined to be a major navigational aid in the Philadelphia Ship Channel, appropriations to build the Miah Maull Shoal Lighthouse are approved by Congressional acts on 30 June 1906, 4 March 1907 and 4 March 1911. US Agency Miah Maull Shoal Lighthouse
1908/00/00 Lightship No 88 is delivered to the United States Lighthouse Establishment for service at the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. Agency COLUMBIA (lightship 88) Astoria
1910/07/01 The United States Lighthouse Board is replaced by the Lighthouse Service, within the short lived Department of Commerce and Labor. End
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