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Day 206 – Saturday, April 28, 2012

“Lighthouse Digest”

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8 Responses to “Day 206 – Saturday, April 28, 2012”

  1. Arthur says:

    Litttle River Light was classified as a harbor light. Harbor lights served to identify the location of the harbor when viewed in darkness from offshore and to guide vessels in and out of the harbor. Little River served as a harbor of refuge for ships under sail during storms with strong easterly winds. I would suggest that when Little River Light was first established the trees on the island may have been much lower and many may have been removed such that this light would have been more clearly visible from within the harbor.

    • Tim Harrison says:

      Partially correct. After the lighthouse had been dark for 26 years and shortly before the lighthouse was relighted on October 1, 2001 as a “Beacon of Freedom to the World” making it again an active aid to navigation, the Coast Guard had to cut down a large number of trees that had grown higher than the lighthouse and would have obstructed the beam from the lantern, making it impossible for the mariner out in the ocean to see the light from the beacon. However, the lighthouse was never visible in the harbor or from the harbor, only on the ocean side of the island.

      • Arthur says:

        Interesting. I do note that in old photos the tree line appears significantly lower.

        1847 tower: http://www.gramlighthouse.com/image-files/me-littleriver-uscg1.jpg

        1876 tower: http://lighthouse.cc/littleriver/LRIV05.JPG

        However there is a photo from in Cutler Harbor taken in the 1880s in which the island appears fully wooded with the tower not visible. This photo appears in McLane, Island of The Mid-Maine Coast Vol.II., pg 297.

        • Tim Harrison says:

          The lighthouse was never, ever visible from Cutler Harbor proper. I have photos of the island, as seen from the harbor going back to when the camera was invented and the only thing visible on the island from Cutler Harbor is the boat house. I have spent 15 years resaerching the lighthouse, and although there is much yet to be rediscovered, I can assure you the the hill on the middle of the island and the trees that are there and the trees on the harbor side of the island would make it impossible to see the lighthouse from any vessel in Cutler Harbor.

  2. Quick little adjunct to Tim’s comments. The light can’t and never did shine into the harbor itself. The light can be seen ,however, from three distinct locations within the shoreline of Cutler itself. One is from the head of the “Bold Coast Trail”. A second is from a privately owned piece of property that is inaccessable to the public. The third is at the head of the Western Head trail. The two that can be accessed by the public require individuals to hike from four to six miles to the ends of their respective trails. Want a better look? Plan to join us for our open houses this summer. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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