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SOUTHWEST LEDGE (NEW HAVEN BREAKWATER) LIGHT

State: CONNECTICUT
Location: REEF AT MAIN ENTRANCE NEW HAVEN HARBOR
Nearest City: NEW HAVEN
County: NEW HAVEN
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1877


Southwest Ledge Light
Courtesy National Register of Historic Places
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1877
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1973
  • Foundation Materials: CAST IRON/CONCRETE CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE ON BROWN CAISSON W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 45
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 190 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1988
  • Height of Focal Plane: 57
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: WHISTLE/ORIG. BELL/HORN
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1877
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Architectural Style: SECOND EMPIRE
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON (INTEGRAL)
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #89001475
Name of Listing: SOUTHWEST LEDGE LIGHTHOUSE (OPERATING LIGHTHOUSES IN CONNECTICUT MPS)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1990

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, CT-62 (MARO)

Miscellaneous:
SUPERSTRUCTURE EXHIBITED AT 1876 CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION; IDENTICAL TO SHIP SHOAL LIGHT; PRECURSOR TO SPARK PLUGS



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