Event Details



Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Time: 11:30 a.m. Lunch at Chester’s Barbeque
           12:45 p.m. Tour—Meet at Project Oceanology
Chester’s Location: 943 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340
Project Oceanology Location: Avery Point Campus of University of Connecticut, 1084 Shennocossett Road, Groton, CT 06340
Cost: Lunch – Pay-as-you-go
          Tour – $38 per person (restricted to those age 6 and older; same fee for all ages)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 15, 2018

This CCCC event is planned as a both fun and educational experience. It starts with lunch at Chester’s Barbecue in Groton, Connecticut, about a 5 minute drive from where our actual tour begins. Lunch is optional and pay-as-you-go.

Alumni and their families and friends will then congregate at the Project Oceanology (O) Building situated on the Avery Point/Groton Campus of the University of Connecticut. We will first view a documentary about the historic Ledge Lighthouse, which stands on a tiny manmade island situated at the mouth of the Thames River guarding both New London, Groton, and the Port between. Our alumni group will than board a Project O vessel and proceed out to Ledge Light.

Ownership of this three story brick and granite structure built in 1909 was transferred from the Coast Guard to the New London Maritime Society in 2014. The Ledge Light Foundation, however, has overseen care of the lighthouse for decades, and their docents will provide a full 1 ½ hour tour of the building, which includes an Interpretive Center comprising rooms with exhibits, historic photographs, log books, and original blue prints. There is even a completely furnished “keepers room†for viewing.

Ledge Light is truly unique. Overall, it comprises 11 rooms, and its architecture represents a composite of the residential homes of its two designers—Colonial Revival and French Second Empire. It withstood the Hurricane of 1938 and was automated in 1987. More about the Ledge Light can be garnered from Ledge Light Foundation’s website at www.ledgelighthouse.org.

After the tour, we will re-board the Project O boat and travel to the New London Harbor Lighthouse, just off Pequot Avenue. It will be viewed from the water. Then it’s up the Thames River to check out the New London Harbor and back to UCONN.

Seats on the boat are covered, and the Ledge Light tour, itself, is totally inside. Thus, this tour goes out on rainy days. Cancellation is rare and due only to lightning, high seas, and extreme wind. The decision to cancel is made by Project O at 7 AM the day of sailing. Guests would be notified by e-mail. Because the tour is seasonal, infrequent, and usually fully booked, no specific rain date can be made at this time. But should Cornell’s tour be canceled, Ledge Light Foundation and Project O will do their best to re-accommodate us. If this is impossible, tour reservation money will be refunded. Unfortunately, Coast Guard regulations prevent those less than six years of age from participating.

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