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Fishing for a New York Lighthouse

blogorchard PETA hopes to catch Old Orchard Lighthouse after submitting their second letter of interest on July 27, 2007 in their quest to establish a National Headquarters for their Fish Empathy Project promoting the protection of fish and aquatic animals from human abuse and slaughter.

Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse, located three miles southeast of Staten Island in the lower New York Harbor, became available on May 29, 2007 to eligible non-profit organizations who had sixty days to express interest in acquiring the Lighthouse.

The 35-feet high Cast iron “spark plug” style Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse was First Lit in 1893 exhibiting a Flashing White Light every 15-seconds (12-second flash, 3-second eclipse) and a red sector to mark the dangerous shoal, illuminated by a Fourth-order Fresnel Lens 51-feet above sea level. Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse served as the Front Range Light which was aligned with the Waakcaack Rear Range Light, located near Keansburg, New Jersey, to mark the narrow Gedney Channel along the eastern shore of Staten Island. In 1950, the Rear Range Light was discontinued when Old Orchard Shoal Light became automated. Currently, Old Orchard Shoal Light exhibits a Flashing White Light every 6-seconds visible to a range of 7 nautical miles with a Red Sector visible to a range of 5 nautical miles.

Despite the fact that Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse is another dangerous location for the public to visit and eat fake fish food, PETA’s Fish Empathy Project defies the common sense of salt-water fish provides a good part of a healthy diet which has been known for thousands of years. A previous post this month examined PETA’s claims versus scientific research.

Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse is best viewed by boat yet, the Lighthouse can be viewed using binoculars from Great Kills Park, Staten Island.

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For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Old Orchard Shoal Lighthouse.

Related News Source:
PETA Applies to Take Ownership of Historic Lighthouses, July 30, 2007

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