Morgan Point Light

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Morgan Point Light
Morgan Point Lighthouse.jpg
Morgan Point Light
Morgan Point Light is located in Connecticut
Morgan Point Light
Connecticut
Location Noank
Connecticut
United States
Coordinates 41°18′59.23″N 71°59′21.69″W / 41.3164528°N 71.9893583°W / 41.3164528; -71.9893583Coordinates: 41°18′59.23″N 71°59′21.69″W / 41.3164528°N 71.9893583°W / 41.3164528; -71.9893583
Year first constructed 1831 (first)
1868 (second)
Year first lit n/a (Noank Light 5 active light)
Deactivated 1919
Foundation granite building
Construction wooden tower
Tower shape octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern on front the keeper's house (second)
square parallelepiped skeletal tower with light (Noank Light 5 active light)
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern (second)
Height 52 ft (16 m) (second)
Focal height 61 ft (19 m) (second)
17 ft (5.2 m) (Noank Light 5 active light)
Original lens Sixth order Fresnel lens (removed)
Characteristic Q G (Noank Light 5 active light)
Admiralty number J0676 (Noank Light 5 active light)
ARLHS number USA-514
USCG number 1-20510 ( Noank Light 5 active light)
Managing agent private (second)[1][2]

Morgan Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Noank, Connecticut, United States, on the west side of the mouth of the Mystic River.

History[edit]

In 1831 the original 25-foot (7.6 m) granite tower was built. However, there were many complaints that the light was too dim, so as shipbuilding became more prominent in the area, a new lighthouse was needed and the current Morgan Point Lighthouse was built in 1868.

In 1919, Morgan Point was discontinued and later sold to a private owner.

The structure is of the same design as lighthouses at Sheffield Island in Norwalk; Great Captain Island in Greenwich; Old Field Point Light and Plum Island in New York; and Block Island North in Rhode Island.[3]

It is a granite ashlar building with an octagonal tower rising above. It has a "dentillated cornice and a slate-shingled roof. Inside, the lightkeeper's room is fitted out like a cabin, with fold-out desk and built-in bunk." As of 1978, it was a private residence and the lamp had been removed.[4]:4

It is included in the Noank Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is no longer an active aid to navigation and is not open to the public.

Noank Light 5[edit]

Noank Light 5 is the active light substitute of the lighthouse, located offshore Morgan Point on the west side of Mystic River at the entrance of the harbour. It consists of a small skeletal tower on a stone basement and emits a quick green light. 41°18′59″N 71°59′14″W / 41.316318°N 71.987196°W / 41.316318; -71.987196

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan Point The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 21 June 2016
  2. ^ Connecticut Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 21 June 2016
  3. ^ "Morgan Point, CT" LighthouseFriends.com. Accessed August 21, 2006
  4. ^ Clouette, Bruce (July 26, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Noank Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. 

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