Friday, June 1, 2012

Lighthouses of Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - The name “Pemaquid” is said to have had its origins in an Abenaki Indian word for “situated far out.” The fixed white light went into service on November 29, 1827.

Grindel Point Lighthouse -  After a Congressional appropriation of $3500 in March 1848, a light station was established at Grindle Point on South Islesboro's west coast in 1851.

Browns Head Lighthouse -  Jeremiah Berry of East Thomaston, Maine, built the original rubblestone tower -- about 22 feet tall to the base of the octagonal wrought iron lantern- -- and a rubblestone dwelling for $1800.

Marshall Point Lighthouse -  The first lighthouse at Marshall Point, made of rubblestone, was built in 1832. John Watts became the first Keeper. The round tower, made of the same material, was 20 feet high, 17 feet in diameter at the base, and 9 feet at the top. The base was 3 feet thick and the top 2 feet. The base of the lantern was made of soapstone, 4 inches thick. The “light” consisted of 7 separate lard oil lamps, each with a 14 inch reflector, 4 in one row, and 3 directly above. They all pointed out to sea. The cost of the tower and Keeper's house was $2,973.17.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse - In the early years of the station, the fog signal was sounded as many as 900 hours during the year, or more than 10 percent of the time. A fog bell was later added as a backup.

Owls Head Lighthouse - Number 1 on Coastal Living magazines most haunted list.

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