QuickCheck: Was the Statue of Liberty a New York lighthouse?


Everyone knows of the Statue of Liberty, but is the claim true that it was also used as a navigational lighthouse for 16 years?

VERDICT:

TRUE

Shortly after its inauguration in 1886, the statue became a working lighthouse under the operation of the Lighthouse Board.

But it never really functioned properly as one as despite efforts to increase its illumination, it produced only a faint gleam from afar.

Deemed “useless” for navigational purposes, it was finally transferred into the care of the War Department, and its light extinguished in March 1902.

Although it failed as a lighthouse, it quickly became a defining landmark and in 1924, was declared a National Monument.

Sources:

https://www.us-lighthouses.com/statue-of-liberty

https://www.history.uscg.mil/Browse-by-Topic/Assets/Land/All/Article/1991126/statue-of-liberty-light/

http://factmyth.com/factoids/the-statue-of-liberty-is-a-lighthouse/

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