Beacons of Fire: Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse

For all the posts in the Beacons of Fire Series, go here.

Prologue: I love Nora Roberts books, well her books mostly those that she wrote prior to 2009. One of her book is the 1985 romantic novel, One Man’s Art, fourth in her longest series, The McGregor Series. The hero of the story, Grant Campbell, is a loner, rude, surly and impossible, who lives in an old lighthouse. Genevieve Grandeau literally lands on his doorstep during one particular stormy night. The story that follows between Grant and Gennie is what inspired me to look at lighthouses in a different light.

Inspired by this book by Nora Roberts, here I present you my Beacons of Fire Series. Next is the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse in Old Saybrook, CT

In my previous post, we covered the Lynde Point Lighthouse. Continuing with my account of that river cruise that I took in October with Connecticut River Museum, here is the second lighthouse that we saw – the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse.

Also known as the Saybrook Outer Light, it was originally built in 1803, and since then had made considerable technological advancements. This is one of the first of  a number of cylindrical cast-iron lighthouses constructed between the 1880s and the 1920s.

In 2015 this was purchased by developer Frank Sciame and an anonymous partner to convert this lighthouse into a kid’s playroom. The watch room and lantern room was still to be retained and kept active though. Interesting! Would have loved to go inside and see this play room too.

While were there we noticed that someone was taking down the national flag and Columbus Day decorations.

And now continuing on to share the sights that we saw while returning back from Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse. I noticed this orb kind of thing at the end of the rocky break. The tour guide mentioned something about it, but I couldn’t hear and now I don’t remember. Wonder what it was!

We passed Katherine Hepburn’s estate handed down to her by her parents.

On the return we could see the other side of the Lynde Point Lighthouse that gave us the view of five windows and a door on one of the octagonal side of the lighthouse.

As we were crossing the draw bridge, we were visited by a Peregrine Falcon. He(she) was too shy or not wanted to be bothered cause he(she) never turned towards us for a good picture. I am told its speed is approx 200mph. Woosh!

We saw osprey nests on some of the markers.

And came across the Norther Harrier. Note it’s rump with a silver stripe.

Surprising to see that there is still an all male club, the Dauntless Club. It is the last surviving one, is what we are told.

As we got off the boat, we saw the Rust Boat, a replica of the original 1600 boat. Notice it’s figurehead of the boat. Its of a jumping lion I think!.

The CT River Museum have their own sort of a lighthouse on one side of the building. You can see a real lantern on top of this steel tower.

Finally here are two shots of both Lynde Point and Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouses – One with the smaller one closer with Lynde Point Lighthouse in the distant. The other with both of them seem side by side from afar.

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