Stamford Harbor Ledge Light

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Stamford Harbor Ledge Light
Chatham Rocks
PostcardStamfordCTLighthouse1912.jpg
Postcard dated 1912
Stamford Harbor Ledge Light is located in Connecticut
Stamford Harbor Ledge Light
Connecticut
Location Stamford
Connecticut
United States
Coordinates 41°00′49.2″N 73°32′33.32″W / 41.013667°N 73.5425889°W / 41.013667; -73.5425889Coordinates: 41°00′49.2″N 73°32′33.32″W / 41.013667°N 73.5425889°W / 41.013667; -73.5425889
Year first constructed 1882
Automated 1953
Deactivated 1953-1985
Foundation cast iron and concrete caisson
Construction sparkplug lighthouse
Tower shape cylindrical tower with double balcony and lantern incorporating keeper's quarter
Height 60 ft (18 m)
Focal height 80 ft (24 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Current lens 7.9 inches (200 mm)
Light source solar power
Characteristic Fl W 4s.
Admiralty number J0890
ARLHS number USA-807
USCG number 1-25195
Managing agent private[1][2]

Stamford Harbor Ledge Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Connecticut, United States, on the Stamford Harbor entrance on Chatham Rock near Stamford, Connecticut.

The lighthouse has a floating dock and from the upper balcony Long Island Sound, Stamford, Stamford Harbor, and Manhattan skyscrapers can be seen. The interior of the structure has seven levels.[3]

History[edit]

Winter scene, from a postcard mailed in 1906

The Stamford Harbor Ledge lighthouse was built in 1882 and was a sparkplug lighthouse cast iron tower, manufactured in Boston.[3] The light, 3,600 feet (1,100 m) from shore, was sold to a private party in 1955.

Several lighthouse keepers and their families lived in the lighthouse at various times.[3]

In 2008, the property was put up for sale, with an asking price of $1.75 million as of September 25, 2008. By June 2009, the asking price had fallen to $1.595 million,[4] according to the real estate agent's website.[3] According to an advertisement for the real estate offering, the property includes the lighthouse, Chatham Rock and, in words that were in quotes in the advertisement, "surrounding underwater land embraced within a circle, seven hundred fifty (750) feet in diameter, the center of which is Chatham Rock".[4]

Currently (2014) the lighthouse seems to be badly in need of painting and appears very rusty and somewhat run down when viewed from the shore.

Keepers[edit]

Head
  • Neil Martin (1882)
  • Nahor Jones (1882 – 1886)
  • Samuel C. Gardiner (1886)
  • John Ryle (1886 – 1887)
  • Samuel A. Keeney (1887 – 1903)
  • Maurice Russell (1903 – 1904)
  • Adolph Obman (1904 – 1907)
  • John J. Cook (1907 – 1909)
  • William Janse (1909)
  • Adolph Obman (1909 – 1911)
  • Robert R. Laurier (1911 – 1912)
  • John H. Paul (1912)
  • Joseph Meyer (at least 1913)
  • Charles R. Riley (at least 1915 – at least 1916)
  • Edward Grime (1917 – 1919)
  • George Washington Denton, Jr. (1919)
  • Edward Murphy (1919 – 1920)
  • Edward Iten (at least 1921 – at least 1927)
  • Edward M. Whitford (at least 1929)
  • Robert M. Fitton (at least 1930)
  • Raymond F. Bliven (1930 – 1931)
  • Martin Luther Sowle (1938 – 1953)[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stamford Harbor The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 June 2016
  2. ^ Connecticut Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 23 June 2016
  3. ^ a b c d Web page titled "Chatham Rock", to which a September 25, 2009 William Pitt real estate advertisement directed readers, retrieved June 23, 2009
  4. ^ a b Advertisement by William Pitt/Sotheby's International Realty, page 1D, The Darien Times, September 25, 2008
  5. ^ Stamford Harbor, CT Lighthouse Friends. Retrieved 23 June 2016

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