Haunted Light House

by Lee Cooper May. 08, 2020 225 views

I was feeling ambitious one day, and launched my paddle board from Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Connecticut and made the 2 hour paddle out to the sound where the New London Ledge Lighthouse resides. I was able to dodge boat traffic and maintain enough stability to hold onto my camera and get these images.

The New London Ledge Lighthouse

The New London Ledge Lighthouse

I didn't know much about the history of the lighthouse during my visit, but I decided to dive into some online research once I made it back home. It turns out that the New London Ledge Lighthouse has been operational since 1909 and up until 1987 (when it was retrofitted to be fully automated) there were lighthouse keepers that maintained it 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year.

A sailboat approaches the mysterious light house

A sailboat approaches the mysterious light house

Supposedly, one of those lighthouse keepers was named Ernie. The local legend claims that in the 1920's or 30's Ernie got a letter from his wife stating that she was leaving him for the Captain of the Block Island Ferry. The keeper became so distraught from the news that he jumped from the top of the lighthouse and killed himself. There is no actual mention of an Ernie or a suicide in the records, but there have been many unusual encounters that have been experienced by the other lighthouse keepers. Books strangely falling off shelves, boats coming untied, doors opening and closing, and the TV turning on and off by itself are some of the events that were reported by the men that worked there.

An up-close view of the century old lighthouse

An up-close view of the century old lighthouse

No one knows if Ernie was real or not, but the legend of the New London Ledge Lighthouse keeps living on.

Thanks for reading :)

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Varsha Arun 11 months ago

Photos seem to be telling a story...glad that you included that story in your blog :-D

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Brian Searwar 11 months, 1 week ago

Nice

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Lee Cooper Replied to Brian Searwar 11 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Brian!

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 1 week ago

Very cool shots, and love the story.

11 months, 1 week ago Edited
Lee Cooper Replied to Berckmans Peter 11 months, 1 week ago

Thanks so much!

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Björn Roose 11 months, 1 week ago

Great shots and a good story to go with it smile

11 months, 1 week ago Edited
Lee Cooper Replied to Björn Roose 11 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Bjorn! I had a lot of fun making this one.

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Benny Law 11 months, 1 week ago

Takes a lot of courage to make that 2 hour trip on a paddle board while carrying a camera! The perspective of the shots is very unique since you were right on the water. The lighthouse looks like a giant buoy floating in the middle of the ocean.

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Lee Cooper Replied to Benny Law 11 months, 1 week ago

I carried my canon in a dry bag for the paddle out, but it was pretty sketchy taking it out of the bag while dodging wake from the boat traffic grimacing

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