Whitehead Lighthouse

Spruce Head, Maine - 1852 (1807**)

Photo of the Whitehead Lighthouse.
 
 
   

History of the Whitehead Lighthouse

Labeled as one of the foggiest places on the East Coast, the Whitehead Lighthouse hadn't received a fog bell until 1839. The station logs on average 2000 hours of fog each year. So much so that the keepers of this light had found a way to use the tides to make the bell ring. Just to give you some idea of the size of the fog bell, it weighed in at one ton and the hammer used to strike the bell was fifteen pounds.

One other interesting tidbit was that this station also was home of the first Lighthouse Service scandal. The keeper of the light was reporting back to the service that his lights were using a lot of whale oil. So the service kept sending extra oil to compensate which the keeper was selling as "government surplus" to local townsfolk. The Lighthouse Service later sent an investigator to look into this mystery. The investigator learned that the lights were fine and uncovered the whole plan. The keeper was fired immediately.

Directions: This lighthouse sits well off shore. The only way to view it is via boat or plane. Several tours leave from neighboring cities that pass by the tower.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 41.00'
Focal Plane: 75'
Active Aid to Navigation: Yes
*Latitude: 43.979 N
*Longitude: -69.125 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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