Stratford Point Light

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Stratford Point Light
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Stratford Point Lighthouse
Stratford Point Light is located in Connecticut
Stratford Point Light
Connecticut
Location Stratford
Connecticut
United States
Coordinates 41°09′07.19″N 73°06′11.78″W / 41.1519972°N 73.1032722°W / 41.1519972; -73.1032722Coordinates: 41°09′07.19″N 73°06′11.78″W / 41.1519972°N 73.1032722°W / 41.1519972; -73.1032722
Year first constructed 1822 (first)
Year first lit 1881 (current)
Automated 1970
Foundation concrete
Construction cast iron tower
Tower shape conical frustum tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower with brias red band, red lantern roof
Height 35 ft (11 m)
Focal height 52 ft (16 m)
Original lens First order Fresnel lens (1855)
Third order Fresnel lens (1881)
Fourth order Fresnel lens (1906)
190 mm lens (1990)[1]
Characteristic Fl (2) W 20s.
Admiralty number J0810
ARLHS number USA-816
USCG number 1-21230
Managing agent

United States Coast Guard[2]

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Stratford Point Light is a historic lighthouse in Stratford, Connecticut, United States, at the mouth of the Housatonic River. The second tower was one of the first prefabricated cylindrical lighthouses in the country and remains active.

It sits on a 4-acre (1.6 ha) tract at the southeastern tip of Stratford Point.

History[edit]

1908 postcard

The first Stratford Point Lighthouse was built in 1822. In 1855 a fifth order lens was added to the 28-foot (8.5 m) wooden tower. In 1881, the tower and dwelling were razed and replaced with a 35-foot (11 m) tall, brick lined cast-iron tower and equipped with a third order Fresnel lens. The light was automated in 1970 with a modern beacon. It is an active aid to navigation and is used for Coast Guard housing.

The lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1990.

Keepers[edit]

Head
  • Samuel Buddington (1822 – 1843)
  • William Merwin (1843 – 1844)
  • Samuel Buddington (1844 – 1848)
  • Amy Buddington (1848 – 1861)
  • Rufus Warren Buddington (1861 – 1869)
  • Benedict Lillingston (1869 – 1874)
  • John L. Brush (1874 – 1879)
  • Jerome B. Tuttle (1879 – 1880)
  • Theodore Judson (1880 – 1919)
  • William F. Petzolt (1919 – 1946)
  • Daniel F. McCoart (1946 – 1963)
  • Richard L. Fox (1963 – )

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stratford Point Lighthouse New England Lighthouses. Retrieved 23 June 2016
  2. ^ Stratford Point The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 June 2016
  3. ^ Connecticut Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 23 June 2016
  • "Lights & Legends, A Historical Guide to Lighthouses of Long Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound, and Block Island Sound", Harlan Hamilton, Westcott Publishing Company, 1987.
  • "Northeast Lights: Lighthouses and Lightships, Rhode Island to Cape Mary, New Jersey", Robert G. Bachand, Sea Sports Publications, 1989.
  • "Lighthouses of Southern New England: Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, A Pictorial Guide", Courtney Thompson, CatNap Publications, 2002.

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