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Historic Light Station Information
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PUERTO RICO


ARECIBO LIGHT
(FARO DE ARECIBO)

Loctation; PORT ARECIBO ENTRANCE/NORTH SHORE; ABOUT 35 MILES WEST OF SAN JUAN ON THE NORTH COAST OF PUERTO RICO
Station Established: 1898
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1898
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1964
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: HEXAGONAL ATTACHED. TO RECTANGULAR BLDG
Height: 46-feet, focal plane height = 120-feet
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
Characteristics:   
Relationship to Other Structure: ATTACHED
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1898
Foghorn:

HISTORICAL INFORMATION:

  • The United States acquired the lighthouses of Puerto Rico as a result of the Spanish American War. The Spanish had erected modern up to date illumination systems. The lighthouses were well built and have never had to be rebuilt.
  • 1900: The lighthouse board acquired responsibility for the aids to navigation

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

ARECIBO LIGHTHOUSE


CABRAS ISLAND LIGHT

Station Established: 1902
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1902
Operational? YES
Automated? YES
Deactivated:
Foundation Materials:
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: CYLINDRICAL ATTACHED TO SQUARE HOUSE
Markings/Pattern: NATURAL "TURRETT"
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: SIXTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1902

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

CABRAS ISLAND LIGHT (75 dpi); CABRAS ISLAND LIGHT (300 dpi); 16 January 1946; Photo No. JUAN 8842; "looking N.N.E. #4621".


CAPE ROJO LIGHT (CABO ROJO)

SOUTHEAST OF POLE OJEA ON CAPE ROJO
Station Established: 1882
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1882
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1967
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: HEXAGONAL
Markings/Pattern: NATURAL W/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: ATTACHED
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1882

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

CABO ROJO LIGHT (72 dpi); CABO ROJO LIGHT (300 dpi--11.5 megabytes): Circa 2005, provided courtesy of Luis Lebron.  NOT AN OFFICIAL U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO.


CAPE SAN JUAN LIGHT
(CABO SAN JUAN)

CAPE SAN JUAN/NE OF SOROCCO
Station Established: 1880
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1880
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1985
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: CYLINDRICAL
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK BAND AROUND BASE/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: ATTACHED
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1880

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

CAPE SAN JUAN LIGHTHOUSE


CARDONA ISLAND (CAYO CARDONA) LIGHT

Location: On island west side of entrance to harbor
Station Established: 1889
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1889
Operational: Yes
Automated: Yes, 1962
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: Stone
Construction Materials: Stone
Tower Shape: Cylindrical
Markings/Pattern: White with black lantern
Characteristic: Flashing white (4 seconds)
Relationship to Other Structure: Attached
Original Lens: Sixth Order, 1889

Historical Information:

  • Station established in 1889.
  • Characteristic of light changed to flashing white every 3 seconds (flash duration 0.3 seconds duration of 230 candlepower) on 25 May 1922.
  • Color of tower and dwelling changed to white by 16 February 1925.
  • Light changed to show a white flash every 4 seconds (flash 0.4 seconds -- eclipse 3.4 seconds) on 14 July 1937.
  • Extinguished due to war, 1942.
  • Relighted on 10 November 1943.
  • Name changed to Isla Cardona Light on 1 November 1953.
  • Name changed to Cayo Cardona Light on 13 June 1958.
  • Changed to electric powered illumination on 11 April 1962.
  • Candlepower increased to 400 (12V 2.03 amp lamp) & equipped with daylight control on 16 March 1967.

Photographs: 

Cardona Island Light, 1916: (75 dpi) ; (300 dpi); Original caption: "Cardona Island Lt. Sta., P.R. . . . Looking approx. SW; Distance approx. 150'." photo dated 16 November 1916; no photo number; photographer unknown.

Cardona Island Light, 1937: (75 dpi) ; (300 dpi); Original caption: "Cardona Isl. Lightstation at  entrance to Ponce, P.R. . . rec'd with Dist. letter 12-9-1937 (1436)."; photo dated 8 October 1937; photo by F. C. Hingsburg.

Isla Cardona Light, 1948: (75 dpi) ; (300 dpi); Original caption: "Cardona Island Light Station, Ponce Harbor, PR [;] 7th CG District."; photo dated December, 1948; no photo number; photographer unknown.

Cayo Cardona Light: (75 dpi) ; (300 dpi); no caption/date/photo number; photographer unknown.  An aerial view of the tower and dwelling from landward; probably taken in the late 1940s. 


CULEBRITA ISLAND (ISLA CULEBRITA) LIGHT

VIRGIN PASSAGE/ANTILLES ISLAND
Station Established: 1886
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1886
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1964
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: CYLINDRICAL
Markings/Pattern: GRAY TOWER/RED TRIM ON DWELLING
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1888

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

CULEBRITA LIGHTHOUSE


GUANICA LIGHT

POINT MESETA/SOUTH SHORE
Station Established: 1893
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1893
Operational? NO
Automated? UNK
Deactivated: 1950
Foundation Materials:
Construction Materials: BRICK & CEMENT BLOCKS
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL W/OUT LANTERN
Markings/Pattern: WHITE
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: SIXTH ORDER 1893

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

GUANICA LIGHTHOUSE


MONA ISLAND LIGHT (ISLA DE MONA)

MONA ISLAND/WEST SHORE PUERTO RICO
Station Established: 1900
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1900
Operational? NO
Automated? YES 1973
Deactivated: 1976
Foundation Materials: CONCRETE
Construction Materials: IRON
Tower Shape: SKELETAL W/CENTRAL CYLINDER
Markings/Pattern: BLACK
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: SECOND ORDER, FRESNEL 1900

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

MONA ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE (75 dpi); (300 dpi)


MUERTOS ISLAND LIGHT
(ISLA CAJA DE MUERTOS)

SE OF PONCE ON MUERTOS ISLAND
Station Established: 1887
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1887
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1945
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: CYLINDRICAL
Markings/Pattern: GRAY W/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1887

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

MUERTOS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE


POINT BORINQUEN LIGHT

1.3 MILES NE OF POINT BORINQUEN
Station Established: 1889
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1920
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1976
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: CYLINDRICAL W/OUT LANTERN
Markings/Pattern: GRAY
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER 1889

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

POINT BORINQUEN LIGHT TOWER WITH LANTERN ROOM

POINT BORINQUEN LIGHT TOWER WITHOUT LANTERN ROOM


POINT FIGURAS LIGHT
(PUNTA DE LAS FIGURAS)

S.E. OF ARROYO/SOUTH SHORE
Station Established: 1893
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1893
Operational? NO
Automated? UNK
Deactivated: 1938
Foundation Materials:
Construction Materials: BRICK/STONE
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL TOWER ON DWELLING
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/O LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1893

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

NO PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE


POINT JIGUERO (HIGUERO) LIGHT

NORTHWEST ON RINCON
Station Established: 1892 Z
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1922
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1933
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: CONCRETE
Construction Materials: CONCRETE
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL CYLINDRICAL
Markings/Pattern: GRAY
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: SIXTH ORDER 1892

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

POINT JIGUERO LIGHTHOUSE


POINT MULAS LIGHT

WEST SHORE VIEQUES ISLAND
Station Established: 1885
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1896
Operational? NO
Automated? YES 1949
Deactivated:
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: BRICK/STONE
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL ON RECTANGULAR DWELLING
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: SIXTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1896

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

POINT MULAS LIGHTHOUSE


POINT TUNA LIGHT

SOUTHEAST OF PUERTO MAUNABO
Station Established: 1892
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1892
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1989
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: STONE
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1892

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

POINT TUNA LIGHTHOUSE


PORT SAN JUAN
(EL MORRO) LIGHT

ON EL MORRO/SAN JUAN HARBOR ENTRANCE
Station Established: 1846
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1908
Operational? YES
Automated? YES 1962
Deactivated: n/a
Foundation Materials: FORT
Construction Materials: BRICK/MASONRY
Tower Shape: SQUARE TOWER ON CASTLE
Markings/Pattern: GRAY "MOORISH REVIVAL"
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1908

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

PORT SAN JUAN'S 1908 TOWER

PORT SAN JUAN LIGHTHOUSE


PUERTO FERRO LIGHT
(FARO DE PUERTO FERRO)

SOUTH SHORE VIEQUES ISLAND
Station Established: 1896
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1896
Operational? NO
Automated?
Deactivated: 1926
Foundation Materials:
Construction Materials: STONE
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL W/OUT LANTERN
Markings/Pattern: WHITE
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL

PHOTOGRAPHS (click on light name below to access image): 

PUERTO FERRO LIGHT TOWER WITH LANTERN ROOM

PUERTO FERRO LIGHT TOWER WITHOUT LANTERN ROOM


Last Modified 11/17/2014