Postcards from the Collection of Jack Whitmeyer
Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Object Type:
Breakwater Lighthouse. Postcard from Jack Whitmeyer Collection.
Collection Description:
This unique lighthouse has been at the entrance of New Haven Harbor since its construction in 1877. It continues to guide ships through New Haven Harbor today.
Description of Photograph:
The lighthouse, which sits atop a large iron cylinder, was designed by Major George H. Elliot. This heavy, iron, concrete filled foundation prevented the lighthouse from being carried away by ice, which had happened to previous structures.
Background Information:
Lighthouses have been used for centuries to aid sailors in navigating dangerous waters. Many styles of lighthouse have developed over time, offering a variety of interesting stuctures. The United States has many notable lighhouses, some which remain active today.
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