Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tenants Harbor Light

Just right. photo
  This Light on Southern Island in the village of Tenants Harbor makes a pretty picture.  Tenants Harbor is a part of the Town of Saint George at the southwest edge of Penobscot Bay.  The Light was built in 1854.  The 27 foot tall brick tower is attached to a wooden house, the tower was painted white and the house was painted brown.  The fog house and oil house were also built.
  The Light was discontinued in 1933 and declared surplus.  The Town sold the lighthouse and buildings to private owners.  Eventually it was owned by artist Andrew Wyeth and his wife Betsy; they have made there home here along with Jamie Wyeth the house remains in the family and has been included in paintings by both artists.
  The studio is in the base of the bell tower, front and to the right in the above photo.
An old postcard for sale on Ebay
A Coast Guard photo from the 1870's, the house was still that ugly brown.
Nice rock wall too.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Saint Croix River Light

The first St. Croix River Light
  This Light is on Saint Croix Island, in the river of the same name, it is reached from Calais, Maine.  In 1604 Samuel de Champlain landed on the Island, some of the pioneers with him stayed on the Island, 35 or the 79 people died of scurvy; the remaining people moved on to Nova Scotia.  The St. Croix River separates Maine from New Brunswick, Canada.
  The first Light on St. Croix was built in 1857 to aid the navigation of local fishing fleets, some cargo was handled in Calais also.  The Light was replaced in 1901 and was not too different than the first.
  In 1941 following the entry of the USA into WW2, the first White House Christmas tree came for Saint Croix Island.
  The Light was automated in 1954, and in 1976 some boys built a campfire at the base of the fog house.  Heavy wind quickly spread the fire and destroyed all of the buildings with the exception of the boat house.
  A Museum recalling the Saint Croix settlement and the lighthouse is in Calais.
The second Light.
Fresh milk for the family. Keeper Small milks his cow.
Courtesy of Connie Small (his daughter)
The boat house. All that remains.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Seguin Island Light

The Woodhaven Historical Society presents this photo - click
  The first Europeans people use of the Island was in 1607 when the Popham Colony anchored there while working on the mainland.  Champlain named the Island Seguin in 1612 because it looks like a tortoise.
  In 1793 President George Washington approved the building of a lighthouse and the purchase of property.  The commission called on Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, the Customs Collector and Overseer of Lighthouses for the State of Massachusetts (Maine was a part of Massachusetts until 1820) picked the spot in 1794 and construction could begin.  In 1796 the buildings were complete, the first keeper was Major John Polereczky, a Hungarian Hussar and Count, his family had been a member of nobility since 1613.  It was a result of his fighting for us during the Revolutionary War.
  The Light was automated in 1985, the last keeper Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Edward T. Brown stated he would love to stay on the Island.  A crew of Coast Guardsmen were sent to collect the furnishings and stayed overnight after packing the materials.  During the night the Officer in Charge woke up to a figure standing over his bed, the figure said "please don't take my furniture, leave my home alone".  The crew loaded the furnishings on the boat and made ready to leave, suddenly the chain holding the boat broke, the engine stopped and the boat and furniture sank.
     For more information:
There for all to see.
A view from the top.
An older Coast Guard photo shows the buildings

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Saddleback Ledge Light

Saddleback Ledge. - click
  Saddleback Ledge is named for its shape.  It stands out of the water a mere 25 to 30 feet and is located at the Eastern entrance to Penobscot Bay.
  In 1836 the ship Royal Tar loaded with circus performers and animals hit the ledge, caught fire and sank, all were lost.  Only then did Congress approve funding for the Light; it was a large expense.  In the early days the boathouse was in the bottom "floor" of the tower, and the keeper had two rooms on the second level for him and his family; one keeper had a wife and seven children.  The family had a living room, a cook stove and two bedrooms put together on the next level.  There was on cistern, rain water was collected in barrels, in all the setup was quite primitive.  A boathouse and keepers cottage were added in 1868 much to the relief of keepers.  Storms in 1947 and 1951 practically demolished the out buildings.  The Light was automated in 1954 and it still shows, with an optic lens, a white flash every 6 seconds and the fog horn give a blast every 10 seconds.
The boat house and slips. Library of Congress
A visitor is hoisted ashore with a boom which was located onshore, see her swinging at
the end of the line.  I guess it was all a part of the trip.
An early Coast Guard photo of the location.
A visitor gets a hand from a Coast Guard Keeper, I don't think
it was a door to door salesman, probably an inspector.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rockland Harbor Southwest Light

Nice setting shown from mainelighthousesandbeyond blog - click
  Dr. Bruce Woolett, a Rockland area dentist loved lighthouses; so when he built his new house in Owls Head, Maine he decided to add a lighthouse too.
  Between 1981 and 1987 he built the house and light, the Light is equiped with an electric marine lens.  The Rockland Shore Village Museum helped get the Coast Guard to recognize his Light as a valid aid to navigation.  The light flashes yellow every 2.5 seconds.
  The home is now owned by the Gazzola family.  The Light is accesable by car, BUT remember it is a private residence.
The lens.
A different view.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ram Island Light

Standing out.
  This Ram Island, named for the many sheep that were there, is near Boothbay Harbor.  The Light was established in the late-1800's to benefit the local mariners.
  Many ghost stories persist about the island, the light (before this), and the people who came there.  The earliest "light" was a dory near the present Light, the last fisherman in each day lit a lantern in the bow to warn others away from the rocks.
  The Light was built like others at Isle au Haut and Marshall Point, the tower has a granite base with a brick top and a walkway to the house.  It's quite attractive and a popular visit, by boat, for some of the tourist who come through the Boothbay Region.
A photo from wikipedia shows the entire Light and other buildings..
This photo from the collection of the Grand Banks Schooner Museum Trust
shows the tower and a work-boat.
A NOTE:  The Light from yesterday (Prospect Harbor) appears at the beginning of a new ad for "Red Lobster", Portland Head Light appears at the end.  I must have stayed awake to see that!
Here is what the ocean looks like this morning with the temp at 16 degrees.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Prospect Harbor Point Light

What a view! wikimedia - click
    The first Light was built in 1850, that was deactivated in 1854 and replaced in 1870 with the present Light.  Prospect Harbor is located east of Mount Desert Island, and just east of the Schoodic Point part of Acadia National Park.  The original granite house was replaced by the current wooden house seen above.  The land is owned by the United States Navy, the tower and lantern are property of the Coast Guard.  The house "Gull Cottage" serves as a guest house for the Navy.  Prospect Harbor was also home the the last sardine packing plant in the United States, when this light was built there were 122 plants up and down the Maine coast.
The first Light and house.  USCG
Lights operate in all weather.
A side view.