Southwest Ledge Light
Southwest Ledge Light
|Year first constructed||1877|
|Foundation||cast iron and concrete caisson basement|
|Construction||cast iron tower|
|Tower shape||octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern incorporating 2-storey keeper's quarter|
|Markings / pattern||white tower, black lantern, brown basement|
|Height||45 ft (14 m)|
|Focal height||57 ft (17 m)|
|Original lens||Fourth order Fresnel lens|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl R 5s.|
|Fog signal||1 blast every 15s|
Southwest Ledge Lighthouse
|Nearest city||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Elliot,Maj. George H.|
|Architectural style||Second Empire|
|MPS||Operating Lighthouses in Connecticut MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||89001475|
|Added to NRHP||May 29, 1990|
Southwest Ledge Light is an active lighthouse in New Haven, Connecticut. United States, on the reef at main entrance to New Haven Harbor. It was one of the first to be built on a cylindrical iron foundation, an innovation by Maj. George H. Elliot to address shifting ice that is regarded to be very important in lighthouse design.:3
Construction on the Southwest Ledge Lighthouse started in 1873 and was finished in 1877. The superstructure originally intended for this light was put on display at the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876; in order to more quickly finish the light, however, a duplicate superstructure was built and installed at this light. The original house remained at the exposition until its close, and was then used for the Ship John Shoal Light in Delaware Bay.
The lighthouse was automated in 1973.
The lighthouse is currently an active aid to navigation.
The lighthouse has been placed up for sale in August 2016.
- Elizur Thompson (1877 – 1881)
- Henry C. Thompson (1881 – 1898)
- Frank C. Hall (1898 – 1905)
- Jorgen Tonnesen (1905 – 1914)
- John Petterson (at least 1915 – at least 1917)
- David Griffiths (at least 1918 – at least 1919)
- Albert Wilkinson (at least 1921 – at least 1922)
- John Ostman (at least 1935 – at least 1940)
- Michael Scanlan (1942 – 1943)
- List of lighthouses in Connecticut
- List of lighthouses in the United States
- National Register of Historic Places listings in New Haven, Connecticut
- Southwest Ledge (New Haven Breakwater) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 22 June 2016
- Connecticut Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 22 June 2016
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Connecticut". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 214.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Dorothy B. Templeton (October 22, 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Southwest Ledge Lighthouse" (PDF). National Park Service.
- "GSA Auction".
- Southwest Ledge (New Haven Breakwater), CT Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved 22 June 2016
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