New London Harbor Light

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New London Harbor Light
New London Harbor Light 1984.jpg
New London Harbor Light (USCG/1984)
Location New London, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°19′00″N 72°05′24″W / 41.31666°N 72.08997°W / 41.31666; -72.08997
Year first constructed 1760
Year first lit 1801
Automated 1912
Foundation Surface rock
Construction Brownstone
Tower shape Octagonal
Height 89 ft (27 m)
Original lens 11 lamps, 13 inch reflectors.
Current lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Characteristic white light, 3 s on, 3 s off

New London Harbor Light is a lighthouse in Connecticut, United States, on the west side of the New London harbor entrance. It is the nation's fifth oldest light station and the seventh oldest U.S. lighthouse; it is both the oldest and the tallest lighthouse in Connecticut. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.


The original New London Harbor Lighthouse was built on the west side of the entrance to New London Harbor in 1760. It was removed when the current stone tower was built in 1801. In 1855 a fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the original 11 lamps with 13-inch (330 mm) reflectors. Illumination was converted to oil-vapor lamp in 1909 and acetylene in 1912. The light was electrified in 1930. The present keeper's house was built in 1863.[1]

Postcard of the lighthouse, published 1901-1907

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  1. ^ "NRHP nomination for New London Harbor Light". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-29.