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State: ME
Year established: 1829
Latitude: 43 deg 3 min 31 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 41 min 47 sec W
Height above sea level: 59 feet

Original construction:
1831: 48-foot stone tower

1872: present 50-foot granite tower; old tower shortened to serve as fog signal house

Automated in 1963; active aid to navigation scheduled for conversion to solar power in 2003

Light characteristic:
2 white flashes every 10 seconds visible for 24 nautical miles; fog signal 2 blasts 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. 26-27