Peck Ledge Light

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Peck Ledge Light
Pecks Ledge Lighthouse Norwalk CT.jpg
Peck Ledge Light in 2010
Peck Ledge Light is located in Connecticut
Peck Ledge Light
Connecticut
Location Long Island Sound, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°04′38.4″N 73°22′11.38″W / 41.077333°N 73.3698278°W / 41.077333; -73.3698278Coordinates: 41°04′38.4″N 73°22′11.38″W / 41.077333°N 73.3698278°W / 41.077333; -73.3698278
Year first constructed 1906
Automated 1933
Foundation cast iron and concrete caisson
Construction sparkplug lighthouse
Tower shape 2-stages cylindrical tower with double balcony and lantern incorporating keeper's quarter
Markings / pattern white tower with red band, black lantern, rusty basement
Height 54 feet (16 m)
Focal height 61 feet (19 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Current lens VLB-44 (LED)[1]
Light source solar power
Range 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)
Characteristic Fl G 2.5s.
Admiralty number J0840
ARLHS number USA-590
USCG number 1-24930
Managing agent

Lighthouse Preservation Group LLC[2][3][4]

Peck Ledge Lighthouse
Nearest city Norwalk, Connecticut
Area less than one acre
NRHP Reference # 89001472[5]
Added to NRHP May 29, 1990

Peck Ledge Light, also known as "Peck Ledge Lighthouse", is a sparkplug lighthouse in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States, southeast of Norwalk Harbor and northeast of Goose Island among the Norwalk Islands on Long Island Sound. The lighthouse is about two miles (3 km) from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk[6] and can be seen from the beach.

The cast-iron structure is still a working lighthouse operated by the United States Coast Guard and is not open to the public. The 54-foot-high (16 m) lighthouse is painted white with a brown band in the middle. Inside, the structure has three stories of living space along with a basement with cisterns for rainwater storage, all below a watchroom and lantern.[6]

History[edit]

The lighthouse was built in 1906 and had a fourth order Fresnel lens. The light was automated by the Coast Guard in 1933 and now flashes green every 2.5 seconds. In 1988 the Fresnel lens was removed and a 250 mm optic was installed.[7] In 1990 the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2004 the Coast Guard installed 100 tons of granite riprap as well as a section of step-cut stones to allow for easier access.[6]

Despite damage from vandalism, nesting birds, and corrosion, the structure is still said to be in good shape.[6][4]

Nomenclature[edit]

Neither the official US Coast Guard name nor the NRHP listing puts an "s" on the name.[6][4] The NOAA chart of the area shows that it is adjacent to "Peck Ledge".[8]

Keepers[edit]

Head
  • George W. Bardwell (1906 – 1907)
  • August Lorenz (1907 – 1909)
  • Conrad Hawk (1909 – 1914)
  • Ferdinand Heizman (1914 – at least 1917)
  • William Hardwick (at least 1919)
  • Charles J. Kenney (at least 1920 – 1925)
  • George Scheer (1925 – )
  • George Clarke (at least 1928 – at least 1930)[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pecks Ledge Lighthouse New England Lighthouses. Retrieved 22 June 2016
  2. ^ Peck Ledge The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 22 June 2016
  3. ^ Connecticut Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 22 June 2016
  4. ^ a b c Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2015. p. 220. 
  5. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Dorothy B. Templeton (October 22, 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Peck Ledge Lighthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved October 30, 2015.  Photos
  7. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Connecticut". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  8. ^ NOAA Chart 12368 North Shore of Long Island Sound - Sherwood Point to Stamford Harbor
  9. ^ Peck Ledge, CT Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved 22 June 2016

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