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Southwest Ledge Light

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Year first constructed  1877
Construction  cast iron tower
Opened  1877
Added to NRHP  29 May 1990
Nearest city  New Haven
Automated  1973
Height  14 m
Material  Cast iron
Current len  VRB-25
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Location  New Haven Connecticut United States
Foundation  cast iron and concrete caisson basement
Tower shape  octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern incorporating 2-storey keeper's quarter
Similar  Five Mile Point Light, New London Ledge Li, Greens Ledge Light, Penfield Reef Light, Saybrook Breakwater Light

Southwest ledge light

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.


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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 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 as Southwest Ledge Lighthouse.

The lighthouse is currently an active aid to navigation.

The lighthouse has been placed up for sale in August 2016.


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  • 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)

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