Sunken Rock Light

As the name implies, Sunken Rock Light marks a potential hazard to the busy shipping traffic in the harbor at Alexandria Bay, NY, in the St. Lawrence River. The light sits on tiny Bush Island, which has no bushes.

The island is barely large enough to provide space for the diminutive white tower with a green lantern and an adjacent storage building. The light was built in 1847 and is an active aid to navigation.

The light can be seen from the tour boat docks, at the end of James Street, in Alexandria Bay, or from one of the tour boats.

Bush Island does not technically qualify as an island according to the Thousand Island definition which requires an island to support at least one tree and be above water 365 days a year. Bush island has no vegetation.

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Photographs by Greg Lortz

John B. Aird passing

2009 photos by Dave Wobser

Photos by Frederick Shantz


Location: Alexandria Bay, NY.
Date Built: 1847
Active: Yes

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