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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:11 pm


I was out on the waters of Raritan Bay today photographing. We ended up seeing quite a number of lighthouses, some not too often seen closely. This first shot is one of the Romer Shoal lighthouse looking north toward NYC. You can see the towers and span of the Verrazano Narrows bridge in the hazy distance.

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:22 am


In need of some TLC, I must say, but an amazing shot, Gary! Thank you! :D
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Postby Blacktphoto » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:29 am


Wow, I think that's the first close-up shot I've ever seen of Romer Shoal. Thanks for posting it Gary!
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:52 am


Romer Shoal is definitely in the worst shape of the lighthouses on Raritan Bay. Thanks for the comments, Leah and John. I've got a number of other shots of the light so here they come.

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This is from out in the shipping channel looking more or less northwest. You can see the low outline of Staten Island in the background.

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This shot is looking southwest toward Sandy Hook. Up on the Atlantic Highlands, you can see a tall high rise that sits up there overlooking the bay and the NYC skyline in the distance. It's about 15 or so miles from the Atlantic Highlands to Manhattan as the crow flies.

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This view is looking east toward Coney Island. You can see the tower of the parachute drop.
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Postby wheland » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:32 am


In case anybody is interested NELL is having thier Fall Meeting in the NYC area and doing a very extensive tour of NY Harbor- to include the lights in Raritan Bay.

I believe the tickets already have - or will soon- be opened to non-members as well. Check it out on the website.

http://www.nell.cc/

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in case anybody is interested NELL is doing a tour of the Lighg
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:58 am


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Another shot looking in the direction of the Staten Island headlands a little to the west of the approaches to the Verrazano Narrows bridge.

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Up close and personal...
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:21 am


From Romer Shoal we headed north up toward the Verrazano Narrows bridge and the Fort Wadsworth light, which sits atop the fort. Yeah, OK, I know we're out of Raritan Bay at Fort Wadsworth, but...

This first shot was going up into New York harbor from a distance showing the west tower of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge behind and above Fort Wadsworth.

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Here's one a little closer...

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In this third shot, you can see how close the fort and lighthouse are to the bridge.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 8:32 am


Here are a couple more of the Fort Wadsworth light.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:55 am


Moving further up into New York harbor, just beyond the Staten Island ferry terminal on Staten Island is the Robbins Reef lighthouse. Just north of the existing Robbins Reef lighthouse is the stone foundation of the original Robins Reef lighthouse built in 1839. The current lighthouse was built and first lighted in 1889.

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If anyone on here knows what the building on shore with the sort of lighthouse looking tower is, I'd be interested to know.
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:24 pm


From Robbins Reef we headed south going past the Fort Wadsworth lighthouse and the Verrazano Narrows bridge again, headed toward the West Bank lighthouse, which is located within sight of the Romer Shoals light. Approaching from the north north west, into the sun, you get an interesting silhouette of the West Bank lighthouse in the foreground and Romer Shoals distant to the left.

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Beginning to circle around to bring the lighthouse down the starboard side of the boat, you get a partial silhouette.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:26 pm


When you can shoot West Bank with the sun over your shoulder, you can see that this light is in much better condition than the Romer Shoal light. I don't know for certain, but West Bank looks like it has gotten a fresh coat of paint this summer.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:45 pm


Heading back in from West Bank, we stopped and shot the Old Orchard light.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:46 pm


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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:22 pm


Almost back to the marina we left from is the Great Beds lighthouse in the shallows that were once heavily harvested for oysters.

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