Design for Flinn’s Knoll Light


19th century design plan for a New York lighthouse.

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This interesting architectural plan depicts the base for a proposed lighthouse on Governor’s Island in New York’s Upper Bay. Shoreline beacons were instrumental in aiding ships with navigation along the sandy shoals, and the design was overseen by the War Department given it’s importance for military purposes.

The Flinn’s Knoll Light (spelling would later change to Flynn) would ultimately rise to over sixty feet in height. Navy correspondence in 1852 discusses raising the height to over 80 feet, so as to distinctly separate the lighthouse from that of nearby Sandy Hook. The mistake could be fatal for mariners who confused the two. The lighthouse is no longer standing, and was likely decommissioned before the beginning of the 20th century.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1838

Author: W. J. Stone

Sheet Width (in): 24.50

Sheet Height (in): 19

Condition: B

Condition Description: Chips in the upper and lower margins. Toning throughout and discoloration along fold lines, but still attractive.