Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Reproduction of Nantucket Islandís Brant Point Lighthouse
Mystic Seaportís lighthouse is a reproduction of Nantucket Islandís Brant Point Lighthouse. Built in 1966, it is an exact replica in size and scale and uses a fourth order Fresnel lens.
Only the second lighthouse built in the English American colonies, Nantucketís Brant Point light was first built in 1746 to mark the entrance to Nantucket Harbor. Rebuilt eight times since then, the current structure dates to 1901. With a light only 26 feet above the water, it is the lowest lighthouse in New England.
Lighthouses have helped sailors identify harbors and avoid coastal dangers since ancient Egyptian times. But their methods for making light changed over the centuries, from burning piles of wood to whale-oil lamps to todayís automated, electronic lighthouses. Our lighthouse uses a fourth order Fresnel lens. Developed in France in the 1830s, this lens was a technological breakthrough in its ability to focus light and create a stronger beam.
Inside you can see two short, panoramic films that bring to life the story of American lighthouses and their keepers. Displayed on 5 LCD screens, the films use modern and historic film footage, stories, sound, and illustrations to explore how lighthouses saved sailors and ships over the centuries.
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The French dramatically improved lighthouse technology in
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. 41° 21.691′ N, 71° 58.014′ W. Marker is in Mystic, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greenmanville Avenue (Connecticut Route 27) and Bruggeman Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Mystic Seaport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Training Ship Joseph Conrad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Master Shipbuilders (about 300 feet away); Oyster Sloop Nellie (about 500 feet away); Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry (about 500 feet away); Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton (about 600 feet away); Western-Rig Dragger Florence (about 600 feet away); Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann (about 700 feet away); Whale Ship Charles W. Morgan (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mystic.
Also see . . .
1. Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Fresnel lens on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.