Jamestown, Rhode Island
Built in 1827
On a small island off Conanicut Island, in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.
|Latitude: 41° 29' 48" N
||Longitude: 71° 24' 16" W|
One of the islands that could prove dangerous to mariners was tiny Dutch Island which was jutting off from the larger Conanicut Island. Dutch Island lighthouse was built here in 1827 to guide mariners away from the island.William Dennis was the first keeper and was a Revolutionary War veteran. Although appointing war veterans as keepers was a common practice, in this case Williams was nearly 80 years old at the time he took the job in 1827. He went on to become one of the oldest lighthouse keepers in New England’s history, serving to the age of 93.
|Dutch Island had two close shipwrecks on its rocky shores, In 1903, the steamer Steamboard landed about 30 feet from the tower with no casualties, and the Rosalie, with its cargo of white beans, spilling the cargo into the water which soon were washing up all over the shoreline.||
Vintage image courtesy of
US Coast Guard
In April 2000 the Coast Guard leased the light to the American Lighthouse Foundation. The lighthouse was recently restored after years of raising funds, it was relit in 2007 (photo above taken before the restoration).
Places to Visit Nearby:
Jamestown hosts a number of museums for visitors to learn about the area. Visitors will also find a diverse number enjoy. It's an area filled with history, 18th and 19th century architecture, and hosts many community events. There are a host of parks and recreational activities, and small wildlife refuges for birding for visitors to relax and enjoy. There are more than 40 museums located within 40 minutes of Jamestown, most of them are in nearby Newport across the Newport –Jamestown Bridge.
Dutch Island Lighthouse Society
PO Box 435
Saunderstown, Rhode Island 02874
Local Boat Tours
The lighthouse can only be viewed by boat. Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises, but will pass by the beacon. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!
Save the Bay Tours
Special organization for lighthouse and coastal preservation provides Ultimate Lighthouse Tour and Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour on specific days during the summer.
100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905