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Saybrook Breakwater postcard face - click to enlarge

Saybrook Breakwater postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Saybrook Breakwater

State: CT
Year established: 1886
Latitude: 41 deg 15 min 48 sec N
Longitude: 72 deg 20 min 34 sec W
Height above sea level: 58 feet

Original construction:
present 49-foot conical brick-lined cast iron tower on brown cylindrical pier

automated in 1959; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing green every 6 seconds visible for 11 nautical miles; fog signal 1 blast every 30 seconds

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 125-127