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Monday, July 07, 2003

Westporter Leads Efforts to Investigate

Westporter Leads Efforts to Investigate Connecticut Shipwrecks
Todays New Haven Register highlights the efforts by Connecticut historians, led by WestportҒs Cecelia Saunders, to investigate two of the states most intriguing shipwrecks.

The newspaper focuses on the wreck of the Aunt Polly, owned by famed actor William Gillette. It sank after a fire in December 1932 at the base of the steep cliffs that surround the grounds of the actorҒs opulent stone castle in East Haddam.

Two months ago, the Connecticut Historical Commission designated the Aunt Polly and Cornfield Point Lightvessel 51, known as LV51, a lightship that sank in 1919 off of Old Saybrook, as the state’s newest archaeological preserves. 

The designation provides for the ongoing protection and professional management of the cultural resources.

Saunders, founder and president of Westports Historical Perspectives, Inc., said, “The protection and conservation of LV51 and the Aunt Polly are a win-win for the people of Connecticut.

ғThis designation allows Connecticut citizens to learn more about their state’s rich heritage, and it preserves these important cultural resources for generations to come.”



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