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Ram Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Ram Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Ram Island

State: ME
Year established: 1883
Latitude: 43 deg 48 min 14 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 35 min 57 sec W
Height above sea level: 35 feet

Original construction:
present 35-foot brick tower on granite base about 200 feet offshore; connected to island by wooden bridge

Automated in 1965; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Alternating 6 seconds red and 6 seconds dark visible for 9 nautical miles; fog signal 1 blast every 30 seconds

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. 24-25