A new breakwall was soon built, ending at the new lighthouse.
The living conditions for the lighthouse keepers remained bad for many years due leaking, dampness, bad drinking water and numerous cockroaches.
In these rough conditions, Assistant Keeper Nils Nilson went into a violent rage and chased Keeper Jorgen Jonnensen around the tower with a fire axe.
Jonnensen was able to lock himself in a storage room and Nilson left in a row-boat.
Soon after, in January 1908, Nilson committed suicide.
Despite this incident, the lives of many people were saved over the years by the keepers of Southwest Ledge Light. The Light was automated in 1953 and continues as an active aid to navigation.