Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland, Maine - 1902 (1902**)

Photo of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

History of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Due to its unprotected nature, the town of Rockland decided to build a breakwater to calm the waters of Rockland Harbor. This was much more conducive to the lime freighters that frequented the harbor, however, this breakwater was nearly hit several times due to inclement weather. The government decided that it should mark the end of the wall with a lighthouse to help freighters safely navigate the waters around Rockland Harbor.

The lightstation is equipped with a fog signal, and originally housed a 4th-order Fresnel lens. It was automated in 1964 and now houses a modern light. It is listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Directions: From US-1 north out of Rockland, make a right onto Waldo Ave. Once on Waldo Ave, you will travel less than a half mile to Somaset Road. Follow Somaset Road to the end. This is where the breakwall starts.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 25.00'
Focal Plane: 39'
Active Aid to Navigation: Yes
*Latitude: 44.10400 N
*Longitude: -69.07800 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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