Make Titanic Memorial Lighthouse a Historical Landmark

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The Titanic Memorial Lighthouse was erected to the memory of 1,496 passengers and crew who perished when the RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.

Designed by Warren & Wetmore, architects of New York’s Grand Central Station, the memorial’s originator and fundraiser was the “Unsinkable” Margaret Brown.

Not only a memorial to the dead, this lighthouse saved lives. Its ‘time ball’ dropped exactly at noon daily for captains and pilots to set their ship’s chronometers. (Since time equals longitude, setting longitude and latitude against time ensured safe and accurate navigation).

For 54 years its fixed green light shone over New York harbor, visible ten miles out at sea helping guide ships into port. This led the U.S. Coast Guard to designate this nine-ton copper lighthouse an official guide to navigation.

Though lighthouses are by design ‘land marks’ the Titanic Lighthouse is NOT a designated US National Landmark. Listing in the National Register of Historic Places is the first step.

We’re honored to already have support from New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh, and Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President.

Advocates for nomination include descendants of Margaret Tobin Brown, J. Bruce Ismay, Helmsman Robert Hichens, Major Arthur Peuchen, Major Archibald Butt, Stoker William Bessant, Deck Engineer Thomas Millar and the Countess of Rothes, along with the British Titanic Society, the Belfast Titanic Society, and the Titanic Historical Society.

The light-tower which currently stands in the Seaport District is in urgent need of refurbishment—it has been lying unlit and unloved since 1976!

Restored with its 100% original 1913 features, its ‘time ball’ will be the ONLY working one in the US; its green lantern will be the ONLY working lighthouse in Manhattan; the names of the deceased will at last be recorded.


We will include ALL NAMES in the historical record for submission with the application.

Friends of Titanic Lighthouse Restoration (FOTLR) started this petition. “Honor the brave who sleep where the lost Titanic lies” is our pledge.

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