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New London Harbor postcard face - click to enlarge

New London Harbor postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

New London Harbor

State: CT
Year established: 1760
Latitude: 41 deg 19 min 0 sec N
Longitude: 72 deg 5 min 23 sec W
Height above sea level: 90 feet

Original construction:
64-foot wooden tower

1801: present 89-foot brick-lined stone octagonal pyramidal tower, dwelling attached

automated in 1912; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
3 seconds of white alternating with 3 seconds of darkness visible for 14 nautical miles with red sector

oldest existing lighthouse in Connecticut

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 77
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 74-75
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 115-117