Staten Island Range Lighthouse As Seen From Edinboro Road. Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island. Image Credit: StatenIslander.org

Century Old Staten Island Range Lighthouse: A Tour With The U.S. Coast Guard

On a bright blue-skied sunny September morning only a few weeks ago, two Staten Islander News Organization staffers were lucky enough to get a tour of the Staten Island Range Lighthouse by enlisted members of the US Coast Guard whose duties include maintaining lighthouses. The excursion had been planned for months; finally the day had arrived and it was time to explore one of Staten Island’s most famous landmarks. Lighthouse Hill, also home to the famed Tibetan Museum, is so named because of the Staten Island Range Lighthouse that sits atop the hill at 145 feet above sea level.

Every three months, the Staten Island Lighthouse, now maintained by the Coast Guard, is checked over carefully to be sure everything is in working order by teams of two. We accompanied the Coast Guard officers on their rounds as they performed their duties. BM2 (Boatswain Mate, Second Class) John Foreman, and BM1 Ted Connelly (Boatswain Mate, First Class) were both quite knowledgeable about the lighthouse and its function. John Hightower and Hunter Medley, both Coast Guard officers, worked with us for months to put this excursion together. Many thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard, and particularly these four officers for taking the time to help us, and for their wide-ranging knowledge.

At one time, the United States Lighthouse Service maintained lighthouses; that is, until the bureau was merged with the Coast Guard in 1939. The United States Lighthouse Establishment (USLHE) is marked in stone at the base of the tower, along with the date of its completion, 1909. The light was put into service in 1912. The structure was designed and built by the New Jersey Foundry and Machine Company.

In 1912, The New York Times stated that the eight-sided Staten Island Rear Range Lighthouse was “destined to take its place among famous beacons of the world.” Were they right? Has the lighthouse become as popular as imagined? It seems not; the Staten Island Range Light remains another of Our Island’s hidden gems, often overlooked by the unknowing tourist to NYC. Even so,it’s been a New York City Landmark since 1968.

The Staten Island Range Lighthouse remains an important light to this day, as New York Harbor is one of the busiest ports on the entire planet. All commercial ships entering New York Harbor must have a pilot on board familiar with navigating the harbor. If no such pilot is already on board, they must board the ship before it ventures into the New York Bay.

The Staten Island lighthouse actually plays dual roles, having two fixed lamps that serve to keep ships on course through two Lower New York Bay shipping channels. A range light is comprised of two distinct lights; the rear, or inner range light, is the light furthest of the pair, when viewed from the water. The two lights at the Staten Island Lighthouse are the Rear Ambrose Channel Light and the Rear Swash Channel Light.

The Coast Guard keeps the lighthouse operating. And so, the lens is checked, the bulbs are checked, and so are the electronics that keep the lights shining steadily and brightly out to sea. A mechanical automatic switcher kicks in without the aid of any human assistance, if a primary bulb were to fail, so no lighthouse keeper is require to live on-site as was the case in the past.

If the backup bulb fails, there is also a secondary emergency light, however not quite as bright as the primary light. The emergency light is a slightly different color, alerting mariners out at sea that the light is working on its emergency system. Responsible seamen usually contact the Coast Guard immediately to notify officials that the lighthouse requires attention because they know how important the light is. This emergency light was installed after lighthouse keepers were removed from lighthouses in the mid-twentieth century.

The main light is bright enough to be visible 23 miles out at sea. As explained by our Coast Guard guides, it’s an extreme rarity for a lighthouse to be so far inland, but the unique lay of the land on Staten Island is such that high hills stretch upward a few miles from the coastline. Thus, Lighthouse Hill, formerly known as Richmond Hill, was the ideal site for the proposed tower when it was authorized by Congress in 1906. At 90 feet, the Staten Island (Ambrose Channel) Rear Range Lighthouse, as it’s formally called, towers over the harbor, and a good portion of the Eastern and Southern shores of Staten Island, and well beyond, is visible from the gallery encircling the watch room.

This balcony, while quite high up, does not offer a view of Northwestern Staten Island, as it is obscured by other high hills, notably Todt Hill, Grymes Hill, and Heyerdahl Hill. Even so, the views are breathtaking. It’s quiet up there. There isn’t much to interfere with concentration, as there are only the occasional bird flying by every so often. And the wind.

At the very peak of the tower stand two antennas affixed to the structure. One is a part of the Vessel Traffic System, or VTS, and the other is for the International Hailing and Distress Channel, otherwise known as simply “Channel 16.” Both are essential to keeping ships safe. There’s also a lightning rod at top, just in case there’s a lightning strike. This structure directs massive currents safely into the ground beneath the tower, conducted along a wire sufficient to carry such massive sporadic charges.

At one time, the Staten Island Lighthouse required a keeper, but decades ago, control of the light was handed over to a solid-state electronic machine placed in the tower in the 1960s. There was once a dual light-keepers’ quarters adjacent to the lighthouse, and the building still stands, however, it’s been converted into a private home and no longer serves as a domicile for the keepers and their families.

While many of the lighthouses maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard have been converted to LED (light emitting diode) lamps in recent years, the Staten Island Rear Range Lighthouse lamps still employs incandescent 1000 watt bulbs once specially made by General Electric for this purpose, which at the time, replaced the earlier oil-burning lamps that once burned mineral oil.

In fact, these ultra-bright bulbs are no longer manufactured, and so the Coast Guard keeps a vast store of them, for when the bulbs require periodic replacement. Even so, there are no current plans to change the Staten Island Range Lighthouse over to an LED system. It’s truly an old-school light, a real New York City landmark. Incandescent lights are less efficient, but are in fact far more authentic. The entire bulb housing and mechanism itself dates from the 1960s. These are also no longer manufactured, and must be removed in order to be refurbished.

Of course, both the LEDs and incandescents are safer than an oil burning lamp! Someone living in 1909, the heyday of oil lamps, when many homes were outfitted with such (far smaller) lamps in every room, would likely roll their eyes, informing us that such lamps were commonplace, and rarely an actual hazard. Still…

Want to buy the Staten Island Range Lighthouse? The Coast Guard may be interested in auctioning off the landmark. The Coast Guard has been auctioning lighthouses to the public for quite some time, as the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 began transferring lighthouses to private ownership. The Coast Guard continues to maintain the lights, however the new owners are responsible for maintaining the structures. Lighthouses like these are no longer being built. If anything, new lights are merely metal scaffolds, not the grand stone, steel, and brick towers we have come to know and love, built in the 20th century.

However, the Staten Island Range Light is in need of a paint job. Badly. While the lighthouse is still operated by the Coast Guard,the present set of Federal Laws governing such lights places the maintenance of the structure in a sort of limbo, as presently no governmental body is tasked with its maintenance. The structure requires a fresh coat of paint to safeguard the exposed metal against the elements; without such, rust will set in and destroy the landmark. And then, the issue will be whether to undertake a gargantuan (and costly) reconstruction effort, or to dismantle the light entirely and replace it with a structure far less majestic, but that still serves its vital function.

Even with current GPS technology, lighthouses are not even close to being obsolete. Mariners still rely on lights when visually navigating through the harbor, a habit still almost universally practiced. Relying on equipment alone is not usually how it’s done, even today. A visual confirmation proves the equipment is working.

The main light lines up with Ambrose Channel, the sole shipping channel in and out of New York City docks, the New York Container Terminal in Arlington (Staten Island) Port Newark, recently refitted to accept super-container ships, the oil ports like Shell Oil, Chevron, and others, as well as all ports further North, on the Hudson River. Each and every ship entering the harbor, from anywhere around the world, relies on this important lighthouse so that they may navigate safely into the harbor.

The Ambrose channel ends at the Ambrose Anchorage; this nautical landmark terminates the shipping lane. The United States Lightship LV-87/WAL-512 (Ambrose) once marked the entrance to the shipping lane,and was anchored at about the time the Staten Island Rear Light was put into service.  The lightship is now a museum-on-water, right by the South Street Seaport, a mecca for 80s tourists. Believe it or not, various lightships served this station until 1967.

In 1967, the the Coast Guard  replaced the lightship with a a stationary “Texas tower, ” an adaptation of the oil platforms so commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico, but utilized as a lighted platform, instead.  A six to nine man crew had their quarters on the top deck, below, fuel and supplies filled the space. On the roof was a helicopter landing pad, the primary means of arriving at, and leaving, this Coast Guard post.

Ambrose Light Platform. CC License 2.0 by Wikimedia

Ambrose Light Platform. CC License 2.0 by Wikimedia

In 1988, this platform became totally automated, and the crew stationed there was removed.  The platform was struck by an oil tanker. no longer disassembled, and an automated light platform was its replacement.  Eventually,this was struck by an oil tanker, the Greek-flagged  Aegeand.

And so, the platform was replaced with a tower, which itself was struck in 2001 by Maltese freighter Kouros V.  In 2007, the 819-foot (250 m) Bahamas-Registered Tankship M/T Axel Spirit struck the tower yet again. In 2008, the light tower was removed by the Coast Guard. And so, the cycle continued, and the replacement tower was replaced with yet another replacement. This time, its replacement were a few flashing buoys.

The Ambrose Channel Light at the Staten Island Lighthouse is fixed; this stationary white beacon serves to keep ships within the safely navigable channel as they pass through the Lower New York Bay. The other lighthouse that delineates the channel is called the West Bank Light, erected in 1901 (and made higher in 1908), located five miles southwest, out in the Lower New York Bay on a small artificial reef. This lighthouse is being restored by a non-profit, presently.

Warning lights go round and round, or flash. They also may be colored. These two lighthouses serve a very different purpose of navigation and marking a channel’s limits, and so the lights are stationary on both, and do not flash or rotate, and are solid white.

This main light at the Staten Island Range Lighthouse has its original convex glass Fresnel lens, as well as the original reflector behind it, and is located inside the top of the structure in the lantern gallery. These gigantic prisms are thick, and seeing them, it’s easy to see they’re from a bygone era of incredible workmanship. The 6 refracting and 7 reflecting prisms, reinforced by a mirror of 9 totally reflecting prisms focuses the light generated by the bulb into a tight, incredibly bright beam. These are all held in place by a metal frame strong enough to easily hold their (significant) weight.

Fresnel Lenses were developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel, specifically for lighthouses. “The invention that saved a million ships,” as it was known, was a design that actually reduced the weight and size that a lens must be, in order to focus light. So, as massive as the Fresnel Lens is, a comparable conventional lens would have required thicker glass,and a much larger size. The Fresnel Lens at the Staten Island Light is a “Second Order” lens, one of eight sizes that Fresnel manufactured. Its focal length is 750 mm, with a height of 2.069 meters.

This apparatus was also in place and utilized when the original oil-burning light was relied upon, and continues to be used to this day. Such glasswork is no longer made anywhere; the Fresnel lens itself is considered an important part of our maritime history, and decommissioned Fresnel lenses often find their way into museums, even when cracked or otherwise imperfect. it’s older technology, but a significant technological advancement, all the same.

The Ambrose Channel in Blue. The Swash Channel in Bright Green. THIS IS NOT A NAVIGATIONAL MAP! Image: USGS Maps

The Ambrose Channel in Blue. The Swash Channel in Bright Green. THIS IS NOT A NAVIGATIONAL MAP! Image: USGS Maps

The Swash Channel light is located slightly lower on the tower than the Ambrose Channel Light, outside of the watch room, along the exterior wall of the tower, accessible by standing outside on the gallery deck. It doesn’t have an elaborate Fresnel lens, only highly polished metal behind the bulb that acts as a reflector, but then, it doesn’t need to reach as far as the Ambrose Channel Light does, which faces out into the Atlantic Ocean, greeting ships of all sizes and types as they approach New York City and the harbor.

The Swash Channel is another crucial shipping channel in the Lower New York Bay, with a mean depth of 18 feet, and 13 feet along the edges. Like the Ambrose Light, the Swash Light marks the channel to aid with navigation of vessels through the lower bay. These lights keep ships, and sailors, safe. Both of these lights are on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The watch room is no longer occupied by a vigilant lighthouse keeper, though its portholes remain. Instead, the “brains” of the lighthouse, reliable solid-state panels that work the lights, cling to the walls. Lead-acid battery banks sit on the floor. The batteries ensure that the lighthouse will continue to function, even during even a protracted blackout and loss of power. The batteries are also checked during the Coast Guard’s periodic three month visits. If necessary, the batteries are topped off with pure water, stores of which are also kept on-site inside the lighthouse. The water is also tested to be sure that electrolyte levels are sufficient.

This New Jersey-based Atlantic Area Coast Guard unit oversees the operation of 8 lighthouses, 50 structural lights, and more than 300 buoys, each of which is critical to keeping lives and property safe on the water, covering everything from Sandy Hook to West Point, NY, out to Coney Island and the Long Island Sound. The unit also maintains safety and order all the way out to twelve miles at sea. The Coast Guard does operate beyond this range, when necessary,to assist with international law enforcement efforts.

Our guides also shared some of their experiences in the Coast Guard, the smallest branch of the U.S. armed forces. It’s often overlooked as a potential career path by those seeking a future in the military, however, it’s an incredible option, nevertheless. The Coast Guard operates under the US Department of Homeland Security. Coast Guard service members also help in times of war and domestic crisis, such as during hurricanes and major floods. The U.S. Department of the Navy oversees the Coast Guard in times of war, or any other time declared by a sitting U.S. President.

Officer Connelly’s originally hails from Michigan. His dad also served in the Coast Guard. He joined to keep the family tradition going, as well as because he understood that it’s a solid job serving our country. He explained that it’s an incredible work opportunity because the responsibilities are varied, so boredom is out of the question. He feels the lighthouse inspections are most interesting, as he finds the history of it all enthralling. Officer Connelly served in Alaska, as well as Wisconsin, working with buoys. He said that access to some lights he worked on was strictly by helicopter, surely an interesting way to get to, and from,  his destination.

Officer Foreman grew up in Florida, practically on the water, and weathered numerous hurricanes, a time of crisis when the Coast Guard really shines. His first tour was in Hawaii, and he also served in California. Officer Foreman was stationed on a 110 foot patrol boat. He enjoyed his past work at tactical law enforcement duties, yet finds the lighthouse maintenance most interesting.

In addition to keeping lighthouses operating, maintaining lighted buoys is also an important part of their duty to keep the waterways safe and navigable. While lighted buoys once required batteries to be changed, thanks to solar power, all that’s required now is to check the lamp, lamp changer, flasher, and switcher. Heavy batteries do not need to be removed and replaced all the time, as was the case in the past.

The buoys have a sinker that holds them in place, attached with a long chain. As the ocean waters slowly corrode metal, these chains must be inspected and replaced when warranted. Maintaining buoys is important because they help both small boats and large ships to navigate the seas successfully. Sometimes, a major storm will actually move a buoy. Or do worse. The Old Orchard Shoal, a lighthouse totally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, was completely torn from its moorings, and was washed out to sea. Sadly, it has since been replaced by a simple light.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the Coast Guard, eligibility is open to U.S. citizens and Resident Aliens. As the Coast Guard only accepts a small number of new recruits, it’s more difficult to join than other military branches. Three, four, six, or eight year active duty contracts are all possibilities, though not all options are available in all circumstances. Boot camp for the Coast Guard is said to be on the more difficult side, and enlistees must pass both a credit check, and background security check. But in the end, if you make it, you will number among an exclusive number of people who keep our Nation safe, at peacetime and at war. This is a rewarding career path that many overlook. Visit https://www.gocoastguard.com/about-us/find-recruiter for details.

Please note that the US Department of Homeland Security takes security at these lighthouses very seriously, and trespassing is not advised under *any* circumstances. As these lights help keep people alive and ships afloat, we do not recommend that you attempt an “urban adventure” onto the grounds of the Staten Island Range Light, unless you’re prepared to find yourself in serious(!) trouble. You don’t want to have to explain why your presence has been detected and recorded at a site that helps keep our Nation safe; instead head on over to the John A. Noble Collection at Sailor’s Snug Harbor, or take a trip into St. George to venture to the National Lighthouse Museum. Both are quite interesting day trips, and the John A. Noble Collection even has a Fresnel Lens on display that you can take selfies with!

Staten Island Range Lighthouse As Seen From Edinboro Road. Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island. Image Credit: StatenIslander.org

Staten Island Range Lighthouse As Seen From Edinboro Road. Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island. Image Credit: StatenIslander.org

Gettijng a bit closer to the lighthouse, looking South. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Gettijng a bit closer to the lighthouse, looking South. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The originalpath to the lighthouse, with huge iron gate in distance. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The original path to the lighthouse, with huge iron gate in distance. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The path to the Staten Island Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The path to the Staten Island Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The original concrete and metalwork gate around the Staten Island Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The original concrete and metalwork gate around the Staten Island Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The sign on the metal gate surrounding the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The sign on the metal gate surrounding the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The height of the lighthouse can really be appreciated from a closer view. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The height of the lighthouse can really be appreciated from a closer view. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The octagonal base of the Staten Island Range Light supports the brickwork higher up. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The octagonal base of the Staten Island Range Light supports the brickwork higher up. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The angle of the octagon, up close. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The angle of the octagon, up close. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The bricks were laid one at a time. Every detail on the Staten Island range was made by human hands. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The bricks were laid one at a time. Every detail on the Staten Island range was made by human hands. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Up seven steps, we find the locked gate on the black metal fence that strecthes around the light. Note the beveled stone detail a few feet up. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Up seven steps, we find the locked gate on the black metal fence that stretches around the light. Note the beveled stone detail a few feet up. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Who were J.L and G.D? Anyone? Anyone? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Who were J.L and G.D? Anyone? Anyone? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Approaching the gate at the Staten Island Light, the long doors are visible. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Approaching the gate at the Staten Island Light, the long doors are visible. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Note the stonework around the windows on the landings. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Note the stonework around the windows on the landings. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The date: 1909. USLHE stood for United States Light House Establishment. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The date: 1909. USLHE stood for United States Light House Establishment. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of our Coast Guard guides unlocks the inner gate. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of our Coast Guard guides unlocks the inner gate. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The old, now-lopsided gate in foreground, the huge Staten Island Light in background. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The old, now-lopsided gate in foreground, the huge Staten Island Light in background. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These humvle doors, through which lighthouse keepers had passed countless times. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These humble doors, through which lighthouse keepers had passed countless times. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The lowest window on the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The lowest window on the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The stone base of the tower, and the beveled edge about five feet up. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The stone base of the tower, and the beveled edge about five feet up. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Coast Guard officer unlocks the door of the Staten Island Range Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Coast Guard officer unlocks the door of the Staten Island Range Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior tilework inthe front foyer behind the front door remains in good condition. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior tilework in the front foyer behind the front door remains in good condition. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Entering the Staten Island Lighthouse. Our Coast Guard guides take a quick look around before ascening the spiral staircase,right. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Entering the Staten Island Lighthouse. Our Coast Guard guides take a quick look around before ascending the spiral staircase,right. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The recessed window at ground level. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The recessed window at ground level. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Through the hatch, up the ladder, and there's the Fresnel lens and light works! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Through the hatch, up the ladder, and there’s the Fresnel lens and light works! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking up at the underside of the landing as we climb the stairs. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking up at the underside of the landing as we climb the stairs. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking back down as we begin ascending the spiral staircase. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking back down as we begin ascending the spiral staircase. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The underside of the staircase.This looks to have never been painted. Ever. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The underside of the staircase.This looks to have never been painted. Ever. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking down from the first landing. Note the center column that the staircase is mounted upon. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking down from the first landing. Note the center column that the staircase is mounted upon. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

More steps? Yes. Looking upward, I snapped another pic. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

More steps? Yes. Looking upward, I snapped another pic. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These sqaure holes could been seen as we climbed. What are they? What function did they serve? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These square holes could been seen as we climbed. What are they? What function did they serve? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Each step is bolted into the exterior of the lighthouse, as well as the central circular column. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Each step is bolted into the exterior of the lighthouse, as well as the central circular column. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

There is a banister. Imagine a lighthouse keeper running up, skipping steps, clinging to the banister as he rushes to the top to repair a non-working light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

There is a banister. Imagine a lighthouse keeper running up, skipping steps, clinging to the banister as he rushes to the top to repair a non-working light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The recessed winow at the second landing. Note how thick the lighthouse is. A windy storm could not blow this tower down! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The recessed window at the second landing. Note how thick the lighthouse is. A windy storm could not blow this tower down! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

I ran back down to take a quick pic of the front door. Fresh air at last! I can practically hear a busy lampkeeper happy to be done after a day's work fixing an old oil lamp. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

I ran back down to take a quick pic of the front door. Fresh air at last! I can practically hear a busy lampkeeper happy to be done after a day’s work fixing an old oil lamp. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Each landing affords some space to stop and rest. Probably necessary when hauling equipment up! (underside view) Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Each landing affords some space to stop and rest. Probably necessary when hauling equipment up! (underside view) Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

From the window, the lush greenery of surrounding Lighthouse Hill is visible. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

From the window, the lush greenery of surrounding Lighthouse Hill is visible. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These electric worklights illuminate the way. But way back when, it was either small oil lamps or darkness. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These electric worklights illuminate the way. But way back when, it was either small oil lamps or darkness. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The strong inner column. See the pipes? Were those for pumping up the original mineral oil that was once stored at the base and used to light the lamp?? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The strong inner column. See the pipes? Were those for pumping up the original mineral oil that was once stored at the base and used to light the lamp?? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Someone, some time ago, slathered this mortar between these bricks. Did he think of the libes the lighthouse would one day save? I bet yes. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Someone, some time ago, slathered this mortar between these bricks. Did he think of the lives the lighthouse would one day save? I bet yes. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Light Pours in from another window at a higher landing. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Light Pours in from another window at a higher landing. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Now we're getting quite high. The opulent nearby homes are DOWN THERE. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Now we’re getting quite high. The opulent nearby homes are DOWN THERE. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

And...this is how a lighthouse keeper would get up to the watch room. Finally. No more steps. But a heavy steel door. Don't bonk your head, Sir! up . Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

And…this is how a lighthouse keeper would get up to the watch room. Finally. No more steps. But a heavy steel door. Don’t bonk your head, Sir! up . Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

And...We've finally arrived at the watch room. Note the heavy steel used in the construction. And, sadly ,the rust.The heavy steel door can be locked in place in an open position.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

And…We’ve finally arrived at the watch room. Note the heavy steel used in the construction. And, sadly ,the rust.The heavy steel door can be locked in place in an open position.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking down at the spiral staircase, remember not to get dizzy! Round and round we climb or descend! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking down at the spiral staircase, remember not to get dizzy! Round and round we climb or descend! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The heavy steel black-and-yellow-painted hatch can be locked in an open position. Careful! Don't bonk your head, Sir! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The heavy steel black-and-yellow-painted hatch can be locked in an open position. Careful! Don’t bonk your head, Sir! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The wtach deck portholes can actually open. We did not try. When were they last opened, I wondered. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The watch deck portholes can actually open. We did not try. When were they last opened, I wondered. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Now the houses around Lighthouse Hill look tiny. Is that a model railroad set? Nope. Note the porthole we looked thorugh, as well as the exterior ladder.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Now the houses around Lighthouse Hill look tiny. Is that a model railroad set? Nope. Note the porthole we looked through, as well as the exterior ladder.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Standing on the gallery deck, the curving Earth can be seen in the distance. St. Andrews in Richmondtown? I think so. Note the rusted metalwork. It is sad it's not been painted. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Standing on the gallery deck, the curving Earth can be seen in the distance. St. Andrews in Richmondtown? I think so. Note the rusted metalwork. It is sad it’s not been painted. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking South-East. The treeline is below us, I see. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Looking South-East. The treeline is below us, I see. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Please, someone, let's get this situation changed! Thid lighthouse cannot rust to death! Please! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Please, someone, let’s get this situation changed! This lighthouse cannot rust to death! Please! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The lighthouse tower and the Swash Light apparatus. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The lighthouse tower and the Swash Light apparatus. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The emergency backup light for the Ambrose Channel. Do not stand in front id this when it's on! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The emergency backup light for the Ambrose Channel. Do not stand in front of  this when it’s on! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Swash Light backup unit. These are not nearly as bright as the main light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Swash Light backup unit. These are not nearly as bright as the main light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Can you see the Jersey Shoreline in the distance? Any seagoing people know what that is? Sandy Hook, maybe?Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Can you see the Jersey Shoreline in the distance? Any seagoing people know what that is? Sandy Hook, maybe? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Would you look at that! It's the companion lighthouse, the Wet Bank Light! That is the front light for the Ambrose Channel. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Would you look at that! It’s the companion lighthouse, the West Bank Light! That is the front light for the Ambrose Channel. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The paint and asphalted surface, cracked and ruined, on the deck outside the watch room. What are we waiting for to fund the repairs? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The painted and asphalted surface, cracked and ruined, on the deck outside the watch room. What are we waiting for to fund the repairs? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The hinge on the exterior lamps, for when the insides require servicing.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The hinge on the exterior lamps, for when the insides require servicing. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The base of the exterior light keeps the unit fixed in one spot. Even when it's very windy. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The base of the exterior light keeps the unit fixed in one spot. Even when it’s very windy. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The backup light has only a small reflector. And,the blimbs are smaller than the main light's bulb and backup. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The backup light has only a small reflector. And,the blimbs are smaller than the main light’s bulb and backup. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

While no Fresnel glass, this reflector works. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

While no Fresnel glass, this reflector works. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The backuplight can be services. Officer Foreman checks out the light assembly. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The backup light can be services. Officer Foreman checks out the light assembly. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Don't worry. If a bulb blows, a spare rotates into place. backups for backups for backups. This makes me feel safe. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Don’t worry. If a bulb blows, a spare rotates into place. backups for backups for backups. This makes me feel safe. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These bulbs get hot! Don't even think about touching them when lit! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These bulbs get hot! Don’t even think about touching them when lit! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The base. Bolted in quite tightly. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The base. Bolted in quite tightly. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior deck sorrounding the lantern gallery looks like it could use some love.Chalk marking on the metalwork frame for the emergency light. The outside deck around the lantern gallery looks like it needs some love. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior deck surrounding the lantern gallery looks like it could use some love.Chalk marking on the metalwork frame for the emergency light. The outside deck around the lantern gallery looks like it needs some love. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Chalk marking on the metalwork frame for the emergency light. The outside deck around the lantern gallery looks like it needs some love. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Chalk marking on the metalwork frame for the emergency light. The outside deck around the lantern gallery looks like it needs some love. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These little bitty lights are nothing compared to what's upstairs... Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These little bitty lights are nothing compared to what’s upstairs… Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The bulb, up close. Note each is a different size and has a different type of base. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The bulb, up close. Note each is a different size and has a different type of base. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The reflector makes sure none of the light is lost. The bulb, up close. Note each is a different size and has a different type of base. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The reflector makes sure none of the light is lost. The bulb, up close. Note each is a different size and has a different type of base. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Everything up here is built to withstand the elements. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Everything up here is built to withstand the elements. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The glqass panes on the lantern gallery level, above. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The glass panes on the lantern gallery level, above. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Extreme-angle-view of the light box, when closed. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Extreme-angle-view of the light box, when closed. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Can you see the Fresnel Lens peeking through?Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Can you see the Fresnel Lens peeking through? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Staten Island Light cream-colored brickwork in foreground, tree line and sky, background.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Staten Island Light cream-colored brickwork in foreground, tree line and sky, background. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Yes; Staten Island is a very rustic place. In some ways, at least. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Yes; Staten Island is a very rustic place. In some ways, at least. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The now-capped former Brookfiend Dump. Now Brookfield Park. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The now-capped former Brookfiend Dump. Now Brookfield Park. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The well-maintianed homes of Lighthouse Hill, way down there. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The well-maintained homes of Lighthouse Hill, way down there. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The doorway leading outside from the watch room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The doorway leading outside from the watch room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Stately homewith tiled roof, below. Note the covering on the deck is almost completely gone, in this area. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Stately home with tiled roof, below. Note the covering on the deck is almost completely gone, in this area. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of the porthole windows, from outside. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of the porthole windows, from outside. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The ladder leadning to the exterior, much narrower deck around the landtern room.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The ladder leading to the exterior, much narrower deck around the lantern room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Up the ladder, through this square hole, and we're at the top. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Up the ladder, through this square hole, and we’re at the top. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Not today. Up there, Coast Guard officers work on the radio system or bring some Windex to clean the glass.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Not today. Up there, Coast Guard officers work on the radio system or bring some Windex to clean the glass. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of our Coast Guard guides looks down. No; he did not drop something. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of our Coast Guard guides looks down. No; he did not drop something. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The emergency lights, flush against the lighthouse exterior. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The emergency lights, flush against the lighthouse exterior. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The idland looks so peaceful from up here. Quiet, too. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The island looks so peaceful from up here. Quiet, too. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The gate around the outside deck looks rough. The paint is peeling in layers. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The gate around the outside deck looks rough. The paint is peeling in layers. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The corrogated flooring ensures that you won't easily slip when it's icy. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The corrugated flooring ensures that you won’t easily slip when it’s icy. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

This is what it looks like, looking directly down. This was not a job for people scared of heights! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

This is what it looks like, looking directly down. This was not a job for people scared of heights! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior lights sit, waiting for a moment when they must shine to keep the Lower New York Bay safe. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior lights sit, waiting for a moment when they must shine to keep the Lower New York Bay safe. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Porthole, from outside. It was painted red. Once upon a time... Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Porthole, from outside. It was painted red. Once upon a time… Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

That same porthole window, from inside the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

That same porthole window, from inside the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

This ladder leads directly up to the lantern room, where the coolest part of any lighthouse is! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

This ladder leads directly up to the lantern room, where the coolest part of any lighthouse is! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

More hatches. No locking mechanisms on these? I wonder why the one below has one, but not these. Very odd. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

More hatches. No locking mechanisms on these? I wonder why the one below has one, but not these. Very odd. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One last look outside before climbing the ladder. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One last look outside before climbing the ladder. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Did i mention that the Staten Island Rear Light could use a coat of paint? Or ten? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Did I mention that the Staten Island Rear Light could use a coat of paint? Or ten? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Brookfiend Dump/Park. When this tower was erected, that was but a swampy expanse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Brookfield Dump/Park. When this tower was erected, that was but a swampy expanse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officer Foreman unlocking the Staten Island light control box on the watch deck.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officer Foreman unlocking the Staten Island light control box on the watch deck.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

They don't make 'em like they used to. The solid-state panel that runs the light. It even comes with a fog detector, horn, and backup power loss settings. A flasher, too!Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

They don’t make ’em like they used to. The solid-state panel that runs the light. It even comes with a fog detector, horn, and backup power loss settings. A flasher, too! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Old-school knobs beat touch screens any day! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Vintage analog dial! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island. Image Credit: StatenIslander.org

Finally! The lantern room! Down there, where we just were. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Finally! The lantern room! Down there, where we just were. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Fresnel lens. Stained with time and mineral oil soot from long ago. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Fresnel lens. Stained with time and mineral oil soot from long ago. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Second order Fresnel Lens. See article for details. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Second order Fresnel Lens. See article for details. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Mouses' Eye View of the lantern room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Mouses’ Eye View of the lantern room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Above the main light, what appears to be a heat shield. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Above the main light, what appears to be a heat shield. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The reflector and Fresnel glasswork. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The reflector and Fresnel glasswork. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The main light is presently ON. Not many moving parts, which is a good thing.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The main light is presently ON. Not many moving parts, which is a good thing.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The base for the Fresnel Lens is massive. This also supports the light assembly and the huge reflector. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The base for the Fresnel Lens is massive. This also supports the light assembly and the huge reflector. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Vent at the ceiling so that the room does not reach 130 degrees in Summer. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Vent at the ceiling so that the room does not reach 130 degrees in Summer. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

All lights generate heat. Heat rises. But to where? Oh, there's the vent!Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

All lights generate heat. Heat rises. But to where? Oh, there’s the vent! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The heat shiled with a few refracted rays of light from the Lens. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The heat shield with a few refracted rays of light from the Lens. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The operating Ambrose Channel Light, and reflector, directly behind. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The operating Ambrose Channel Light, and reflector, directly behind. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Fresnel Lens looks high tech. After all, tho 100 years old,the concept came from a noted physicist! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Fresnel Lens looks high tech. After all, tho 100 years old,the concept came from a noted physicist! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior glass panes protect the interior Fresnel Lens and light assembly. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The exterior glass panes protect the interior Fresnel Lens and light assembly. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Located near the floor, yet more mysteries. What does this do? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Located near the floor, yet more mysteries. What does this do? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The mystery component up-close. Looks like it turns... Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The mystery component up-close. Looks like it turns… Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A real Fresnel Lens. These are rare. It's bisected down the middle with more metal framework. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A real Fresnel Lens. These are rare. It’s bisected down the middle with more metal framework. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Up here, the floor hatchway is comprised of two indepenedtly moving parts. So, a lighthouse keeper could keep the opening very small when working. Or closed. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Up here, the floor hatchway is comprised of two independently moving parts. So, a lighthouse keeper could keep the opening very small when working. Or closed. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The view facing the Lower New York Bay. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The view facing the Lower New York Bay. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A beautiful sunny day. As seen through the outer glass panes of the lantern room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A beautiful sunny day. As seen through the outer glass panes of the lantern room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The light must pass through the glass storm panes, and so keeping them clean is a must. The panes keep moisture out, and let heat escape. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The light must pass through the glass storm panes, and so keeping them clean is a must.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Now even higher up, the houses seem microscopic. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Now even higher up, the houses seem microscopic. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Serious wattage. 1000 watt lamps light the Staten Island light. When it burns out, the assembly swivels the backup into position. Neat, huh? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Serious wattage. 1000 watt lamps light the Staten Island light. When it burns out, the assembly swivels the backup into position. Neat, huh? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

High voltage here. Only service with the power turned off! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

High voltage here. Only service with the power turned off! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Staten Island and the Sea. As seen through the Fresnel Lens atop the Staten Island Range Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Staten Island and the Sea. As seen through the Fresnel Lens atop the Staten Island Range Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Fresnel Lens at an extreme angle. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Fresnel Lens at an extreme angle. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Refracted rainbows from the lens on the wall of the lantern room, above.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Refracted rainbows from the lens on the wall of the lantern room, above.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Not for nothing, but the reflector looks very heavy. Imagine brining this up? Now we know why there were landings to pause and catch a breathe. In communications, we just hoist an antenna up the side of a building. But...this would shatter, no?Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Not for nothing, but the reflector looks very heavy. Imagine bringing this up? Now we know why there were landings to pause and catch a breathe. In communications, we just hoist an antenna up the side of a building. But…this would shatter, no? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

You can really see the curvature of the reflector here. And the shape of the glass. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

You can really see the curvature of the reflector here. And the shape of the glass. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

You probably could cook eggs on top of that heat baffle. . Maybe not. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

You probably could cook eggs on top of that heat baffle. . Maybe not. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Sick rainbow prisms reflected onto the mapstand base by the Fresnel Lens. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Sick rainbow prisms reflected onto the lampstand base by the Fresnel Lens. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Heavy metal. Lamp base. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Heavy metal. Lamp base. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Each of thse were tightened by a living person. Are they still around, I wonder? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Each of these were tightened by a living person. Are they still around, I wonder? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Did the lightkeeper ever sit down, as I did, and eat lunch? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Did the lightkeeper ever sit down, as I did, and eat lunch? (As I Did NOT!) Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The ladder curves,of course,like the lighthouse exterior. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The ladder curves,of course,like the lighthouse exterior. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The front of the Fresnel Lens, with lantern gallery window panes reflected. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The front of the Fresnel Lens, with lantern gallery window panes reflected. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

It doesn't look so big, but the Fresnel Lens really is. A sixth order lens would be bigger, though. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

It doesn’t look so big, but the Fresnel Lens really is. A sixth order lens would be bigger, though. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The main lamp stand is big. But what did the oil burning lamp look like when it was in its place?Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The main lamp stand is big. But what did the oil burning lamp look like when it was in its place? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The reflector, shown on its side. A hand to show scale. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The reflector, shown on its side. A hand to show scale. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

General Electric Airway Beacon. 1000 watts. Bright enough for ya'?Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

General Electric Airway Beacon. 1000 watts. Bright enough for ya’? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officer Connelly takes in the view, looking out through the panes. Note the refracted rainbows. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officer Connelly takes in the view, looking out through the panes. Note the refracted rainbows. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officers Connelly and Foreman chatting about the Fresnel Lens. Cool lighthouse keeper shop talk!Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officers Connelly and Foreman chatting about the Fresnel Lens. Cool lighthouse keeper shop talk! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Finally,descending. It WAS kind of hot up there. Hot enough to sweat, actually. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Finally,descending. It WAS kind of hot up there. Hot enough to sweat, actually. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Everything's curved in a lighthouse. Everything's curved in a lighthouse. Did the lighthouse keeper feel odd at home, with a straight staircase? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Everything’s curved in a lighthouse. Everything’s curved in a lighthouse. Did the lighthouse keeper feel odd at home, with a straight staircase? Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officer Foreman performs his duty and checks the battery banks. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officer Foreman performs his duty and checks the battery banks. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The flashlight facilitates the inspection process. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The flashlight facilitates the inspection process. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These batteies are essential. What if we were to have anoher blackout like we did in 2003??Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

These batteries are essential. What if we were to have another blackout like we did in 2003??Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Another shot of Brookfield. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Another shot of Brookfield. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A now capped Brookfield up-close with methane collection system.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A now-capped Brookfield up-close with methane collection system.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Moravian Cemetary. A moment of silence for those resting there. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Moravian Cemetery. A moment of silence for those resting there. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The deck around the lantern room is NARROW. And a little rusted.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The deck around the lantern room is NARROW. And a little rusted.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Another ladder? That's for the comms work on the site's antennas! Rusty ladders scare me. Not heights. :(((Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Another ladder? That’s for the comms work on the site’s antennas! Rusty ladders scare me. Not heights. :(((Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The lightning arrestor is also up there at the tip-top of the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The lightning arrestor is also up there at the tip-top of the lighthouse. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

I can imagine this all in 1912, looking pristine.Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

I can imagine this all in 1912, looking pristine. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The storm panes from downstairs. Let's not lose out National Heritage, readers! Let's somehow get this lighthose refurbed! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The storm panes from downstairs. Let’s not lose out National Heritage, readers! Let’s somehow get this lighthouse refurbed! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The view doesn't stop being incredible. Sorry for so many pics. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The view doesn’t stop being incredible. Sorry for so many pics. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

You COULD have a picnic upon this deck. It would be nice, actually. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

You COULD have a picnic up on this deck. It would be nice, actually. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The top lantern gallery level in silhouette against the sky. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The top lantern gallery level in silhouette against the sky. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Our coast Guard guides graciously explain everything inside the watch room, now the control room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Our coast Guard guides graciously explain everything inside the watch room, now the control room. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The T7 BP 1000W Airway Beacon Lamp (once) made by G.E. When was that logo from? Notice how BIG the base is? Those contacts are HUGE! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The T7 BP 1000W Airway Beacon Lamp (once) made by G.E. When was that logo from? Notice how BIG the base is? Those contacts are HUGE! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Who here has honestly ever seen a bulb like that, before? A show of hands? Didn't think so! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Who here has honestly ever seen a bulb like that, before? A show of hands? Didn’t think so! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The light controls for the Staten Island Light (main) and the smaller Swash Channel Light. Note batteries on floor. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The light controls for the Staten Island Light (main) and the smaller Swash Channel Light. Note batteries on floor. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Again, this railing has seen better days. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Again, this railing has seen better days. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officers Foreman and Connelly stopping for a pic in front of the lower lights. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Officers Foreman and Connelly stopping for a pic in front of the lower lights. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Our Coast Guard guides, with the Lantern Gallery window, top-left. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Our Coast Guard guides, with the Lantern Gallery window, top-left. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Staten Island Rear Light,looking from the North. In shadow right now. No sun. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The Staten Island Rear Light, looking from the North. In shadow right now. No sun. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Amazing what a sunny day can do for a view! Shadows are from trees and leaves. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Amazing what a sunny day can do for a view! Shadows are from trees and leaves. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Notice how the watch deck is supported by all those heavy steel supports? Each is artfully crafted, but more importantly, are STRONG. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Notice how the watch deck is supported by all those heavy steel supports? Each is artfully crafted, but more importantly,  STRONG. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The sun peeking through from behind the lighthouse. It was once red up there. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

The sun peeking through from behind the lighthouse. It was once red up there. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Enough room to play catch up there. Just don't lean too far over the railing to get the ball! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Enough room to play catch up there. Just don’t lean too far over the railing to get the ball! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Lighthouse Hill boasts some incredible homes. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Lighthouse Hill boasts some incredible homes. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Talking about the Coast Guard. With the Coast Guard. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

Talking about the Coast Guard. With the Coast Guard. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A nice, clear shot of the Staten Island Rear Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

A nice, clear shot of the Staten Island Rear Light. Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of my favorite pics. How much do you guess each support weighs? Anyone who can find the old docs wins a (small) prize! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

One of my favorite pics. How much do you guess each support weighs? Anyone who can find the old docs wins a (small) prize! Staten Island Range Lighthouse Tour With U.S. Coast Guard On September 26, 2019, Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island.

10 Comments

  • Avatar Great Kills Killah says:

    Incredible article. I actually never knew where the Staten Island lighthouse was. Of course I knew Lighthouse Hill. But I never saw it. It does look semi-abandoned. WHY? It is so beautiful, it’s a shame. And it’s important! Ships and boats need the lighthouse.

    • Avatar StatenIslander.org_Editor says:

      We couldn’t agree more. There’s no reason why American Heritage and Historical sites haven’t been better preserved. There are too many other examples of Staten Island history being destroyed by time..and neglect.

      -Staten Islander.Org News Editors

  • Avatar M.L. says:

    How T* did the lighthouse get to that state?!

    Something needs to be done before it falls down and someone gets hurt!

    These Coast Guard guys go up there and it should be safe for them.

    Also it seems vital to NYC and the US so why the neglect?

    Nothing makes sense. It should IMMEDIATELY be restored.

  • Avatar Jeanette Driscoll says:

    That is so high it makes me dizzy just looking on my phone! I would like to know if there were other tall lighthouses on SI at one time. I can’t find any info on that. Thank you.

  • Avatar Jesse Jamez says:

    My uncle was with the Coast Guard. He loved to fish and always took us out on the water.

    Staten Island has changed a lot since I moved out here from Queens in ’70. I was just a kid then, and Staten Island was like the great Outback.

    If you wanted nature, this was the spot. Now, I don’t know what Staten Island is trying for. Most sprawling bedroom community on Earth, maybe? Or, most strip malls?

    When Schafer’s Tavern was demolished to make way for another bank, I knew things were getting beyond crazy. And really, that’s not even our greatest history, just a place that mattered to many.

    There are too many other places to count that we lost. But of course, keep developing, keep knocking down the last of the forests.

    This island will go to hell. It’s already mostly there. If you still want nature, this is not the place for it.

  • Avatar D. Radcliffe says:

    You learn something every day. This lighthouse once looked so nice. Why don’t anyone care?I get sick to my stomach reading all these stories about how Staten Island is losing all it’s history. Saving Sung Harbor was a blessing. But that only one place and many more were lost forever. In there place we see townhouses usually. I know SI is a great place to live and everyone deserves a shot but seriously. There isn’t room for 10 million people here and I don’t think there’s even room for more than 300,000. That’s about when we passed the point that it was reasonable.

  • Avatar ISLAND POET says:

    a bird soaring in the sky

    sees this lighthouse

    and

    lands for a moment

    to take in

    the view

  • Avatar RonSon Timko says:

    I saw a *SICK* airshow at point Pleasant a while back. Coast Guard helicopter doing *INSANE* stuff. Any way I can get that to you guys at this paper?

  • Avatar Jake B., New Springville says:

    I always wanted to join the Coast Guard. Thank you Staten Islander for this. I think I will actually contact the recruiter now. I appreciate the good story and the amazing photographs.

  • Avatar JuggleJo says:

    I re-read this just now. I didn’t even know there were all these photographs at the bottom! Editors: You should put something at the beginning of the article to let readers know. The photos are amazing.

    I only learned SI has a lighthouse a few years back. Was totally clueless.

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