Castle Hill Lighthouse . Narragansett Bay . Newport . Rhode Island . Watercolor . 9" x 12"
... around 1870, a light was proposed for the east side of Narragansett Bay, but 20 years passed before various property rights objections were overcome and this 34-foot tall, granite tower was built and illuminated with a kerosene fueled, 5th order Fresnel lens. In 1899, the upper half was pained white. The kerosene lamp was replaced and automated in 1957 and its flashing red light remains an active navigational aid... and also used to mark the start & finish of the Newport Regatta. The site is semi-private and owned by the Federal Government. Castle Hill was enterd into the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. This watercolor was painted as commissioned art for Bella Terra Maps in 2014.