US Lighthouse Society


List of Classical Fresnel Lenses within the United States

*Scroll to the bottom of this page for a lens data collection form*

The first National Lighthouse Lens Survey was released in 2001 at the Sixth Maritime Heritage Conference in Wilmington, N.C. It listed more than 400 classical Fresnel lighthouse lenses in the United States, and two pre-Fresnel Lewis-Argand lenses. The inventory was a compilation of databases researched by Mike Vogel of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association and the American Lighthouse Coordinating Committee, and by Al and Helen Gademsky of Ohio.

A second edition was released at the ALCC/Buffalo Lighthouse Association/National Park Service lens preservation workshop in Buffalo , N.Y. , in October 2002. Following that, lighthouse historian and nationally-known lens researcher Tom Tag began to compile a comprehensive database to serve as the United States entry in a complete global inventory. This project was envisioned by the Optics Work Group of the World Lighthouse Society and a task force that included Mr. Gademsky, Mr. Vogel & U.S. Lighthouse Society president Wayne Wheeler. The new database will conform to standards developed by the Optics Work Group, using an international lens terminology glossary compiled by Mr. Tag with the help of other task group members.

CLICK HERE for the most recent listing of all Classical Fresnel Lenses within the United States

CLICK HERE for the most recent listing of all Operational Classical Fresnel Lenses within the United States

Lens data collection form

This form was developed to collect and store data of optics in a uniform format. The form was designed as a Word document and can easily be downloaded to your computer and then copied or printed as much as needed.

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