Fiddler's Reach Fog Signal
Fiddler's Reach Fog Signal
Restored, in August 2009, lacking bell to hang from projecting beam
|Location||N. shore of Kennebec River, E. of Doubling Point Light Station, Arrowsic, Maine|
|Area||0.13 acres (0.053 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||09000594|
|Added to NRHP||August 5, 2009|
The Fiddler's Reach Fog Signal is a fog signal station located on the Kennebec River in Arrowsic, Maine, in Sagadahoc County. It is about 1,100 feet (340 m) SW of the front light of the Doubling Point Range Lights, and about 2,000 feet (610 m) east of Doubling Point Light. The pyramidal bell structure was built in 1914, two years after a large steamship, the Ransom B. Fuller, ran aground in the fog on this section of the river.
The signal was rung to assist ships navigating the treacherous S-bend section of the river known as Fiddler Reach. It was a bell from 1914 until the late sixties and then a horn until it was discontinued in 1982. The signal, while not part of the Kennebec River Light Station, was tended by its station keeper. He reached it along a footpath that included a boardwalk and two wooden bridges. While it was a bell, it was rung by means of a clockwork counter weight system that had to be rewound every 4 hours. Bell signals were distinguished by the number of strokes and length of time between them. This signal was two strokes every twenty seconds.
It was restored by volunteer effort of the "Range Light Keepers", a self-described "group of interested local Maine citizens and visitors".
A replacement bell has been obtained and kept at the Arrowsic Town Hall.
The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on August 5, 2009 and the listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of August 14, 2009.
- Fort Point Light Station, a Maine lighthouse station also having a pyramidal fog bell structure
- Perkins Island Light, four miles (6 km) downriver, also with a pyramidal fog bell structure
- Tenants Harbor Light, with a square pyramidal bell reconstructed by Jamie Wyeth.
- "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places". Weekly Listings. National Park Service. August 14, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
- Christi A. Mitchell (April 11, 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Fiddler's Reach Fog Signal / Fiddler's Reach Fog Bell Tower" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 16, 2009. (16 pages, with 3 photos)
- "photo of Ransom B. Fuller, aground". Range Light Keepers, Arrowsic, Maine.
- "Fog Bell and Works". Range Light Keepers.
- "Range Light Keepers". August 22, 2009.
- "Weekly List Actions". National Park Service. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
- restoration webpage, The Range Light Keepers, Arrowsic Island, Maine