The American Lighthouse Foundation was able to use every bit of the 2019 work season by completing a $17,640 project at the end of October on the lantern at Little River Lighthouse in Cutler, Maine.
The project’s scope of work included the replacement of all ten lantern panes of glass, each of which contained cracks and / or bullet holes. During the process, the frames were prepped, treated and sealed. The lantern panes are now completely watertight.
In addition, the exterior ironwork of the lantern was prepped and repainted, and the seams along the gallery deck were sealed to prevent water from leaking into the watchroom below.
The work was carried out by the J. B. Leslie Company of South Berwick, Maine. Many thanks to Little River’s volunteer caretaker, Terry Rowden, who was there every step of the way helping support the work crew by transporting them back and forth to the island by boat, delivering supplies and making sure things were running smoothly at the keeper’s house. Thank you, Terry!
Not only has the project renewed a “shine” to the lantern, more importantly, the work protects the exterior ironwork and interior components of iron, brick and wood from the adverse effects of moisture intrusion. This is an important step to maintain for the light tower’s long-term preservation.