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Black Rock Harbor Lighthouse

July 9, 2019
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Black Rock Harbor Lighthouse, also known as Fayerweather Island Light, Bridgeport, Connecticut

BLACK ROCK HARBOR (FAYERWEATHER ISLAND) LIGHT

Location: South end of Fayerweather Island
Station Established: 1808
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1823
Operational? NO
Automated? NO
Deactivated: 1932
Foundation Materials: FIELDSTONE
Construction Materials: GRANITE RUBBLE/BROWNSTONE BLOCK
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL
Height:    40-feet
Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
Characteristic:    Fixed white light, Fifth Order, Fresnel, range is 11 nautical miles
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: 8 LAMPS, 14" REFLECTORS
Fog Signal: None

Historical Chronology:

  • 1808: First tower built.
  • 1811 & 1821: First tower survived hurricanes
  • 1823: Present tower built
  • 1824: First tower toppled by gale
  • 1932: Light was deactivated
  • 1980: Bridgeport Environmental Protection Agency along with Friends of Seaside Park, restored the light tower.