Tuesday, July 5, 2011
It seems a long way out, the Saybrook Breakwater Light, also known as the Outer Light, but it’s only about 3,000 feet from the Lynde Point Light we discussed in this previous post.
Placed here in a sandbar, later linking to the shore with a stone jetty, the Outer Light was established in June, 1886. One of its most memorable events was when lighthouse keeper Sidney Gross noticed a sudden breeze from the southeast on the afternoon of September 21, 1938, perhaps one of the first New Englanders to catch a warning sign (utterly without knowing it) of the horrific Hurricane of 1938, discussed in a three-part series, beginning here.
The hurricane took much away from the Connecticut coast that afternoon, but left the Outer Light tower.
The light was automated in 1959. For more on the Saybrook Breakwater Light or Outer Light, have look at this website.