Morgan Point Light

Morgan Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Noank, Connecticut, United States, on the west side of the mouth of the Mystic River.

Morgan Point Light
Morgan Point Lighthouse.jpg
LocationNoank, New London County, Connecticut, US
Coordinates41°18′59″N 71°59′22″W / 41.3164°N 71.9894°W / 41.3164; -71.9894
Tower
Constructed1868 Edit this on Wikidata
Constructiongranite (tower) Edit this on Wikidata
Height52 ft (16 m) Edit this on Wikidata
Shapeoctagonal tower with balcony and lantern on front the keeper's house
Markingswhite (tower), black (lantern) Edit this on Wikidata
Operatorprivate[1][2]
Light
Deactivated1919 Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height61 ft (19 m) Edit this on Wikidata
Lenssixth order Fresnel lens Edit this on Wikidata

HistoryEdit

In 1831 the original 25-foot (7.6 m) granite tower was built. However, there were many complaints that the light was too dim, so as shipbuilding became more prominent in the area, a new lighthouse was needed and the current Morgan Point Lighthouse was built in 1868.

In 1919, Morgan Point was discontinued and later sold to a private owner.

The structure is of the same design as lighthouses at Sheffield Island in Norwalk; Great Captain Island in Greenwich; Old Field Point Light and Plum Island in New York; and Block Island North in Rhode Island.[3]

It is a granite ashlar building with an octagonal tower rising above. It has a "dentillated cornice and a slate-shingled roof. Inside, the lightkeeper's room is fitted out like a cabin, with fold-out desk and built-in bunk." As of 1978, it was a private residence and the lamp had been removed.[4]: 4 

It is included in the Noank Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is no longer an active aid to navigation and is not open to the public.

Noank Light 5Edit

Noank Light 5
LocationNoank, Connecticut, US
Coordinates41°18′59″N 71°59′14″W / 41.316318°N 71.987196°W / 41.316318; -71.987196
Tower
Constructionstone (foundation)  
Shapesquare skeletal tower with light
Light
Focal height17 m (56 ft)  
CharacteristicQ G  

Noank Light 5 is the active light substitute of the lighthouse, located offshore Morgan Point on the west side of Mystic River at the entrance of the harbour. It consists of a small skeletal tower on a stone basement and emits a quick green light.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Connecticut". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  2. ^ Connecticut Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 21 June 2016
  3. ^ "Morgan Point, CT" LighthouseFriends.com. Accessed August 21, 2006
  4. ^ Clouette, Bruce (July 26, 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Noank Historic District". National Park Service.

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