Maine Open Lighthouse Day is an annual event attracting 15,000 to 18,000 visitors and offers them the rare opportunity to climb, experience and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lighthouses.
In an 1843 report to Congress, civil engineer I.W.P. Lewis advocated for a lighthouse to be built on Little River Island in Cutler, Maine. It wasn’t until March 1847 when Congress finally appropriated $5,000 for a light station at Little River. The station was completed later that same year. The report’s text in regards to […]
Today, the Rockland Breakwater and its historic lighthouse that stands sentinel at the south end of the granite structure are well-known and beloved icons of Midcoast Maine. Not only does the breakwater continue to serve as a harbor of refuge along Penobscot Bay, countless thousands of people walk the nearly mile-long stretch each year. This […]
The following account appeared in the July 1933 Lighthouse Service Bulletin, which was issued monthly by the United States Lighthouse Service from 1912 to 1939… “Thomas L. Chase, keeper of Long Point Light Station, Provincetown, Mass., struck the thousand-pound fog bell by hand during two nights of fog, when the striking mechanism got out of […]
The following news article entitled, “Perils of the Sea” appeared in the Portland Press Daily on December 27, 1872. Three vessels went ashore at Wood Island Light on Christmas Eve. The keeper at the time was Albert Norwood. The article read as follows: “Three vessels went ashore on Wood Island Tuesday the 24th. The schooner […]
The following letter by an unnamed keeper at Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery, Maine, appeared in the March 1957 issue of the Maine Coast Fisherman… “Well, here it is the end of January already, and the year is going by so fast that we here at Whaleback can scarcely believe it. In our last letter, I […]