Monday, August 11, 2008

Portland Breakwater Light by Greg Marlett

The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, situated at the end of a breakwater that extends 1/2-mile into the Portland Harbor, is one of Maine's most decorative lights. The lighthouse, which is a cylinder surrounded by six fluted columns, is modeled after the Greek Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, built in the fourth century B.C. Some say that Thomas Ustick Walter, who erected the cast-iron dome of the Capitol Building, was involved with the design of the lighthouse.

Early keepers had the tough job of getting to the lighthouse. Because of high winds and stormy weather, sometimes the keeper would have to crawl along the breakwater to reach the light. In 1889 a two-room keeper's house was built; the house was odd-looking because it hung over both sides of the breaker. The house was removed in 1934.

During the second World War the area between the shore and the lighthouse was filled in to create more room for shipbuilding. This makes the light easily accessible today, though the tower itself is not open to the public.

Year Established: 1855

Year Automated: 1934

Shape: Conical, cast-iron with brick lining

Height: 16 ft.

Characteristic: Flashing white light every four seconds.

Accessibility: The light is completely accessible from the public landing off of Pickett St. in South Portland. You can walk around the lighthouse but can't go inside.

Copyright 2007, All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Visiting Burnt Island Light 2008, Boothbay Harbor Maine

A three-hour program is offered in summer Monday through Friday, twice daily at 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

The Novelty, located at Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor, serves as the ferry to the island. (This is through Balmy Day Cruises - see below)

The Burnt Island Living Lighthouse tour is $20 for adults and $12 for children under 12.
You can call (207) 633-2284 for more information on the tours, which run from mid-July to early September.

Balmy Day Cruises in Boothbay Harbor Offers a ferry service to Burnt Island Lighthouse as follows:

Seasonal Schedule: 2008The Lighthouse Tour Boat Runs:June 30th - August 29th (Monday-Friday)

Daily Schedule: 2008 Location Time Departs Pier 8 on the NOVELTY 1:45 pm Returns to Pier 8 4:45 pm

RatesType RateAdult $22Child (3-11) $12

Reservations please call: (207) 633-2284 or (800) 298-2284-Captain reserves the right to change or cancel any trip-
*For the venturesome - you can kayak your way out to the island.

Visiting Seguin Island Light 2008, From Bath Maine

ON SHORE OPTIONS...Seguin Island maybe be seen from a number of locations along the coast. At the end of Southport Island, Seguin may be seen at the Town Landing at Newagen at a distance of 6 nautical miles. From Ried State Park in Georgetown, Seguin is 4 nautical miles. The best view of Seguin from the mainland is at Popham Beach State Park. Seguin is at a distance of 2 nautical miles. This is not only the closest place to view the island but, looking at it from this angle, the island is its longest. If you drive a mile past Popham Beach State Park, at the end of the road is Fort Popham, a Civil War fort built to guard the mouth of the river. Seguin is 3 nautical miles in the distance. To the north - upriver- Perkins Island Light can be seen.

Please visit the SEGUIN OFFICE and STORE in Bath, Maine On the Second Floor of 72 Front Street, Suite 3OPEN: Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 3 PM.

There are several ways to get to Seguin Island if you wish to take a tour. During the summer, there are resident care takers on the island who can give you a tour. Go to the Seguin Island Web Site for further information and transportation options.
Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine offers a lighthouse lovers cruise which includes Seguin Island:

Lighthouse Lovers Cruise SATURDAYS, 3:30 - 7 PM Members $35/ Non-members $40/ Children 4-12 years $10/Infants $1

See 10 of Maine's finest lighthouses best viewed from a boat! See Doubling Point Light, the Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island & Light, Pond Island & Light, Seguin Island & Light, Cuckholds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light.

Contact Maine Maritime Museum for further info:

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