Appropriated by act of Congress for a lighthouse and fog-signal at Gould Island, Rhode Island, March 3, 1887, $10,000.
1887 Gould Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.An appropriation of $10,000 was made by the last Congress to establish a light and fog-signal on this island. A site for the new station was selected and negotiations are in progress for the acquisition of its title.
1888 Gould Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.A site for this light-station was selected and surveyed, the price to be paid was agreed upon, and plans and specifications for the tower and dwelling were prepared. Title to the site has been acquired and proposals for doing the work have been invited.
1889 Gould Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.A bell struck by machinery, June 10, 1889.
1889 Gould Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.A keeper's dwelling and light-tower, with fog-bell attached, were built, and the light and fog-signal have been in operation since June 10, 1889.
1890 Gould Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.Four boundary posts to mark the corners of the reservation were set and the site was inclosed by a five-strand galvanized iron ribbon with a rail on top of the posts.
1892 Gould Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.Boat davits were set up on the wharf. Various minor repairs were made.
1894 Gould Island, on east side of Gould Island, Rhode Island.A boathouse, boat cradle, and boatways were built, and various repairs were made.
1898 Gould Island, Rhode Island.A brick oil house was built and covered with galvanized iron. Repairs were made.
1947 Gould Island Lighthouse was discontinued on March 17, 1947 and was replaced by an automated light on a skeletal tower and an automatic fog horn.
1972 Newport Mercury, December 8, 1972. The Gould Island light and fog signal has been saved because of protests by Rhode Island boatmen and organizations, according to a Coast Guard spokesman. Tentative plans to abandon it have been dropped.
1973 Newport Mercury, October 10, 1973. The Coast Guard yesterday said by Dec. 1, it will discontinue the fog signal at Gould Island in the East Passage of lower Narragansett Bay. The diaphragm horn fog signal, at the northeast end of the island, apparently is no longer needed for safety and navigation. The light there and another at the south end of the island will remain in operation. Lt. Cmdr. Ransom K. Boyce, chief of the Coast Guards aids to navigation branch in Boston, said the decision to discontinue the fog signal was based on a lack of response to its proposed shutdown. Only two protesting letters were received, compared to 30 or 40 last November when the move was first proposed, he said.
1988 After its foundation failed, the skeletal tower toppled over on October 24, 1988, and the light was not replaced.
Keepers: Edmund Taylor (1889 1923), John "Jack" Larsson (1923 1940), Leonard A. McCarthy (1940), Charles H. Eldridge (1940 1944), Richard A. Fricke (1944 1945).