Morgan Point Light
Morgan Point Light
|Year first constructed||1831 (first)
|Year first lit||n/a (Noank Light 5 active light)|
|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)|
|USCG number||1-20510 ( Noank Light 5 active light)|
|Managing agent||private (second)|
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.
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
Noank Light 5
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.
- Morgan Point The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 21 June 2016
- Connecticut Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 21 June 2016
- "Morgan Point, CT" LighthouseFriends.com. Accessed August 21, 2006
- Clouette, Bruce (July 26, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Noank Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service.
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