Location: Rockland, Maine (View Map)
Coordinates: 44° 06′ 15″N 69° 04′ 39″W
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is located in Rockland Harbor at the end of a 7/8-mile long breakwater.
The Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation (ALF), care for the preservation of this lighthouse through a lease agreement between the City of Rockland and ALF.
The American Lighthouse Foundation invites YOU to be a part of an effort in 2019-2020 to raise the following funds for work projects at Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. This important work cannot happen without teamwork. Together, we will make sure the lighthouse is looking its best in the coming year! Donate or Learn More…
Quick Lighthouse Facts:
- Year Built: 1902
- Height of Tower: 25 feet
- Description: White square tower on corner of fog-signal house, on granite pier. – 1939 U.S. Lighthouse Service Light List. The lighthouse shows a flashing white light every 5 seconds from a focal plane of 39 feet above sea level that is visible 17 nautical miles. The light station is equipped with a fog horn that sounds one blast every 15 seconds. – Reference: 2005 U.S. Coast Guard Light List
- Location: On south end of breakwater. – Reference: 1939 U.S. Lighthouse Service Light List
- Automated: 1965
- Status: Active aid to navigation maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse is owned by the City of Rockland and leased to the American Lighthouse Foundation.
Following the construction of a granite breakwater measuring nearly a mile in length between 1881 and 1899, a lighthouse was established in 1902 to mark the safe harbor afforded by the massive stone wall. The construction of the light station consisted of a wood and brick keeper’s dwelling and an engine room being attached to a 25-foot brick tower. When completed, the lighthouse was outfitted with a fourth order Fresnel lens.
The City of Rockland applied for ownership of the lighthouse in 1998 under the Maine Lights program. The American Lighthouse Foundation and its chapter – the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, signed a lease with the City of Rockland in 2001 for the purpose of preserving the historic beacon.
Current projects planned include:
Prep and Repaint the exterior of the wooden keeper’s house – $35,000
Lighthouse Tours – Memorial Day to Columbus Day
Open House Tours: Located at the end of the 7/8-mile breakwater. Learn More…
Local ALF Chapter Information:
Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights
P.O. Box 741
Rockland, ME 04841