National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Lighthouse Postcards

Browse: Maps | Region/State | Name Index


Libby Islands postcard face - click to enlarge

Libby Islands postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Libby Islands

State: ME
Year established: 1817
Latitude: 44 deg 34 min 5 sec N
Longitude: 67 deg 22 min 2 sec W
Height above sea level: 91 feet

Original construction:
wooden tower (?)

1824: present 42-foot granite tower replaced 1823 tower which collapsed

Automated in 1974; active aid to navigation; converted to solar power in 2000

Light characteristic:
Flashing twice every 20 seconds, visible for 18 nautical miles; fog signal, once every 15 seconds

The Libby Island Light is among the foggiest sites on the Maine coast. "In 1918, the fog signal was sounded for a total of 1,906 hours, the most of any Maine station."

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 202