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Portland Breakwater postcard face - click to enlarge

Portland Breakwater postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Portland Breakwater

State: ME
Year established: 1855
Latitude: 43 deg 39 min 19 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 14 min 5 sec W
Height above sea level: 30 feet

Original construction:
small octagonal wooden tower

1875: 13-foot brick-lined, cast iron tower at the end of the extended breakwater; called the "Bug Light" by locals

Automated in 1934; extinguished in 1942 during World War II, never re-lit

The Portland Breakwater Light Station, called the "Bug Light" by locals, is managed by the City of South Portland.

More information:
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 26-27