Bridgeport Breakwater Light
|Location|| Bridgeport Harbor |
|Year first constructed||1895|
|Foundation||reinforced concrete pier|
|Construction||cast iron tower|
|Tower shape||conical tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||black tower and lantern|
|Tower height||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Focal height||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Original lens||Sixth order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||155 mm lens|
|Range||5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl G 4s.|
|Managing agent||Wisvest-Connecticut LLC|
|Heritage||place listed on the National Register of Historic Places |
Tongue Point Lighthouse
|Area||less than one acre|
|MPS||Operating Lighthouses in Connecticut MPS|
|NRHP reference #||89001478|
|Added to NRHP||May 29, 1990|
Tongue Point Light Lighthouse, also known as Bridgeport Breakwater or Bug Light, is a lighthouse on the west side of the Bridgeport Harbor entrance, in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut in the United States. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
A lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and to serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.
Bridgeport Harbor is an inlet on the north side of Long Island Sound in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was carved by the retreat of the glaciers during the last ice age approximately 13,000 years ago.
Bridgeport is a historic seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound, 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx. It is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east.
The lighthouse was originally built at the end of a breakwater about 500 feet (150 m) offshore. In 1919, the shipping channel was widened and the lighthouse was moved 275 feet (84 m) inland. The light was automated in 1954. In 1967, the Coast Guard planned to remove the lighthouse but local boaters protested. The lighthouse remains an active aid to navigation. A modern optic replaced the original sixth order Fresnel lens in 1988.
A Fresnel lens is a type of compact lens originally developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel for lighthouses.
In 1990 Tongue Point Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places under reference number 89001478.
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.
The history of Bridgeport, Connecticut was, in the late 17th and most of the 18th century, one of land acquisitions from the native inhabitants, farming and fishing. From the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, Bridgeport's history was one of shipbuilding, whaling and rapid growth. Bridgeport's growth accelerated even further from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century with the advent of the railroad, Industrialization, massive immigration, labor movements until, at its peak population in 1950, Bridgeport with some 159,000 people was Connecticut's second most populous city. In the late 20th century, Bridgeport's history was one of deindustrialization and declining population, though it overtook Hartford as the state's most populous city by 1980.
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