Indian Island Lighthouse

Glen Cove, Maine - 1875 (1850**)

Photo of the Indian Island Lighthouse.

History of the Indian Island Lighthouse

The light station was established in 1850 to help mark the entrance to Rockland Harbor. The tower stands 31 feet tall and is considered to be a Federal Design styling. At one time, the brick keeper's dwelling was connected to the tower by a covered breezeway.

The lighthouse was inactive for several years in the late 1860s to the mid 1870s, although I am unsure when it went inactive. It was activated again in January 15, 1875. Also in 1875, a duplex-styled support building was added. In 1856, a fourth-order Fresnel lens was added.

It would be quite a few years before the next additions to the site. A fuel house was added to the station in 1888, and changed over to a stone oil house in 1904. This would be all that was done before the lighthouse was deactivated in 1934. At this time, it was deemed surplus by the Government and sold to private owners.

Directions: This lighthouse sits off shore on Indian Island. The best views would be via a boat cruise from Rockport Harbor. If this is not possible, it looks like you might be able to get a distant view from Sea Light Lane off of US-1 south of Rockport.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 31.00'
Focal Plane: 53'
Active Aid to Navigation: Deactivated (1934)
*Latitude: 44.16547 N
*Longitude: -69.06105 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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