Rock Island Light – Clayton NY

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Rock Island Lighthouse is located in the Thousand Islands about 4.5 miles northeast of Clayton, Jefferson County, New York, off of Fisher’s Landing. Originally commissioned in 1847, it is one of six lights put up along the St. Lawrence River to guide traffic to and from Lake Ontario through the waterway. The Rock Island station is the best preserved, as all of its structures still survive. It was refitted in 1855, rebuilt in 1882, and moved in 1903. The light was closed in 1955 after more a century of service.  In June 2013, the island and all its buildings were  reopened to the public as a park maintained by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.  The island is accessible by private boat and local shuttle service, and the grounds are open for touring and picnicking. This image comes from a boat ride I took to investigate the island and take some reference photos. I have probably found more views of this lighthouse to paint than any others.

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17 ½ x 11, 8 x 10 matted