Southwest Ledge Light is identical to to Ship John Shoal Light in the Delaware Bay. It replaced Five Mile Point Light as a guide into New Haven Harbor. The lighthouse was sold for $180,002 at a GSA on-line auction in Sept. 2016 to Beacon Preservation.
Tower Height: 45
Height of Focal Plane: 57
Characteristic and Range: Flashing red every five seconds.
Description of Tower: White cast iron tower on cast iron and concrete caisson.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1877
Date Present Tower Built: 1877
Date Automated: 1973
Optics: 1877: Fourth order Fresnel lens; 1988: FA 251; now VRB-25.
Fog Signal: 1883: Fog bell with striking machinery; 1888: Daboll hot air fog signal; 1897: Second class compressed air Daboll trumpet; 1939: Air diaphragm horn; now automated electric horn with one blast every 15 seconds.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Southwest Ledge Light can be seen distantly from Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. North or South on I-95: take exit 50N or 51S to Townsend Ave. Follow to Lighthouse Road and turn right to the entrance to the park.
Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: Elizur Thompson (1877-1881), James E. Reeve (assistant, 1877), Henry C. Thompson (assistant, 1877-1882, head keeper 1882-1898), Frank C. Hall (1898-1905), Jorgen Tonneson (first assistant 1898-1905, head keeper 1905-?); Edward Anderson (assistant 1898); William Lincoln Tulty (first assistant 1905-1907); Julius Jacobson (first assistant 1907); Nils Nilson (first assistant 1907-1908); Bernt Thorstensen (acting first assistant, 1908); Charles A. Kleinfelder (acting first assistant, 1908); Joseph H. Royle (first assistant 1908); Curt A. Roll (?) (first assistant 1908-1909); William F. Albridge (first assistant 1910-1911); Juilius Johansen (first assistant 1911-?); Edward Grime (assistant c. 1916); Andrew A. McLintock (U.S. Coast Guard, 1943)