Saybrook Breakwater Light

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Saybrook Breakwater Light
Saybrook breakwater light.jpg
Location Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°15′48″N 72°20′34″W / 41.2632°N 72.34276°W / 41.2632; -72.34276
Year first constructed 1886
Year first lit 1886
Automated 1959
Foundation Cast Iron and Concrete Caisson
Construction Cast Iron with Brick lining
Tower shape Conical
Height 48 ft (15 m)
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel lens
Current lens 300 MM
Characteristic

green flash every 6 s

Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse
Location S terminus of Saybrook Jetty at mouth of Connecticut River, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Area less than one acre
Built 1886
Governing body Federal
MPS Operating Lighthouses in Connecticut MPS
NRHP Reference # 89001474[1]
Added to NRHP May 29, 1990

Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse is a sparkplug lighthouse in Connecticut, United States, at Fenwick Point at the mouth of the Connecticut River near Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It is featured[2] on the state's "Preserve the Sound" license plates.

"That outer lighthouse is the symbol of Old Saybrook," town First Selectman Michael Pace said in 2007, when the town was making plans to buy the lighthouse from the federal government.[2]

The lighthouse is also known simply as "Breakwater Light" or "Outer Light". It is one of two built off Lynde Point in the nineteenth century. The other lighthouse, known as Lynde Point Light or more commonly as "Inner Light", is 75 years older than this lighthouse. The two lighthouses mark the harbor channel at the mouth of the Connecticut River.[2]

History[edit]

The lighthouse has been in service since 1886.[2]

In 2007, the federal government announced it would sell the lighthouse as part of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Program, which was created to transfer responsibility for maintenance of lighthouses to municipal governments or private entities. The Old Saybrook town government expressed an interest in the lighthouse, which is not expected to be transferred from the federal government until sometime in 2008 or 2009. The National Park Service will screen potential owners. The Coast Guard would continue to maintain the light while the new owners maintain the historic structure. The Coast Guard also owns the land on which the lighthouse sits, and transferring the land is not part of the preservation program. As of January 14, 2014, the Minio family are the new private owners of the Old Saybrook Point Lighthouse. Joseph C. Minio, Sr. and Dr. Christopher M. Minio are co-Lighthouse owners and keepers.[2]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Associated Press news article, titled "Old Saybrook lighthouse for sale for $1" in The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, August 7, 2007, page A4

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