Lightship No. 87 - Ambrose

Designated a National Historic Landmark of New York City on 4/11/1989.

Landmark Description

Built in 1908, the steel-hulled Ambrose Lightship was stationed at the mouth of lower New York Bay between Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York and Sandy Hook, New Jersey. From this station, she was able to safely guide shipping in and out of this busy harbor through an area filled with invisible navigation hazards such as sand bars and shoals. The Ambrose lightship station was one of the two markers which were used to gauge a transatlantic liner's travel time to determine if it would hold the Blue Riband.

Category: Vessel


Street: Pier 16, East River

: Manhattan

: New York


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