Stonington Harbor Light

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Stonington Harbor Light
Stonington Harbor Lighthouse 2007.jpg
Stonington Harbor Lighthouse
Stonington Harbor Light is located in Connecticut
Stonington Harbor Light
Connecticut
Location Stonington
Connecticut
United States
Coordinates 41°19′42.6″N 71°54′20″W / 41.328500°N 71.90556°W / 41.328500; -71.90556
Year first constructed 1823 (first)
Year first lit 1840 (current)
Deactivated 1889
Construction granite tower
Tower shape octagonal pris tower with balcony and lantern attached to the front keeper's house
Height 35 feet (11 m)
Focal height 62 feet (19 m)
Original lens 6th order Fresnel lens (1856)
Current lens none
Characteristic F G 5s.
ARLHS number USA-813
USCG number 1-25195
Managing agent Stonington Historical Society (Old Lighthouse Museum)[1][2]

The Stonington Harbor Light is a historic nineteenth century lighthouse located on the east side of Stonington Harbor in Stonington, Connecticut. A light housed in a small granite lighthouse known by this name was originally built by the federal government in 1824, and was located on Windmill Point in the harbor. Erosion led to the lighthouse being torn down and relocated to its current site in 1840. A second stone building was constructed and the 35 feet (11 m) tower was attached to the structure.

In the 1880s, the Stonington Breakwater Light was constructed farther out in the harbor, and the Stonington Harbor Light was decommissioned in 1889.

The site is now the home of the Stonington Historical Society, which uses the building as The Old Lighthouse Museum. Holdings in the museum document the area's long and distinguished cultural and nautical history, and exhibits include a sixth-order Fresnel lens.

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 1913
  • Charles R. Riley 1915 – 1916
  • Edward Grime 1917 – 1919
  • George Washington Denton, Jr. 1919
  • Edward Murphy 1919 - 1920
  • Edward Iten 1921 – 1927
  • Edward M. Whitford 1929
  • Robert M. Fitton 1930
  • Raymond F. Bliven 1930 – 1931
  • Martin Luther Sowle 1938 – 1953[3]

Gallery[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Stonington 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. ^ Lighthouse Friends
  • Crompton, Samuel Willard. "The Lighthouse Book." Barnes and Noble Books, New York, 1999. ISBN 0-7607-1135-6.

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