Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light

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Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light
Rockland breakwater lighthouse.jpg
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light is located in Maine
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light
Location Rockland Harbor, Rockland, Maine
Coordinates 44°06′14.55″N 69°04′39.16″W / 44.1040417°N 69.0775444°W / 44.1040417; -69.0775444Coordinates: 44°06′14.55″N 69°04′39.16″W / 44.1040417°N 69.0775444°W / 44.1040417; -69.0775444
Year first constructed 1888
Year first lit 1902
Automated 1964
Foundation Stone Breakwater
Construction Brick
Tower shape Square, with attached dwelling
Markings / pattern Red Brick Tower
Focal height 39 feet (12 m)
Current lens VRB-25
Range 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi)
Characteristic Flashing white every 5s
Fog signal HORN: 1 every 15s
USCG number 1-4130[1][2]
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Built 1902
Architect Glover,W.H.,Co.
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body COAST GUARD
NRHP Reference # 81000067[3]
Added to NRHP March 20, 1981

Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light, which sits at the south end of a 4,300-foot (1,300 m) breakwater which protects Rockland Harbor, was completed in 1902 and is owned by the City of Rockland, Maine.

The first light was an oil lamp placed in 1827 on a wooden tripod on Jameson Point, at the north end of the current breakwater. When the work was begun on the breakwater in 1881, the pole was relocated as the breakwater was extended SSE into the harbor. It was completed in 1899 and the present light and keepers' structure was finished in 1902. From 1973 to 1989 the Samoset Resort, located on Jameson Point, at the other end of the breakwater, maintained the lighthouse. The Coast Guard did a major refurbishment in 1990 and, in 1999, transferred ownership of the structure to the City of Rockland. Since then building has been maintained by volunteers, while the light itself remains the responsibility of the Coast Guard. In 2003 a float and boat ramp was added.[1]

The light was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse on March 20, 1981.[3]


  • Eba Ring (caretaker of earlier beacon, 1888?-?)
  • Llewelyn C. Ames (caretaker of earlier beacon, c. 1895-1902)
  • Howard P. Robbins (1902–1909)
  • Clifford M. Robbins (assistant, c. 1902-1908)
  • Charles W. Thurston (1909)
  • Leroy S. Elwell (assistant, 1909, keeper, 1909–1916)
  • Edward J. Collins (assistant, 1909)
  • Harold I. Hutchins (1916–1917)
  • Harry Smith (assistant, 1910)
  • Albert D. Mills (assistant, 1912)
  • Wallace M. Pierce (assistant 1913-1915)
  • Fairfield H. Moore (1917–1921)
  • Albert P. Tribou (assistant 1921-1923)
  • Winfield P. Kent (1921–1925)
  • Ernest V. Talbot (assistant 1924)
  • Leroy S. Elwell (1925–1928)
  • Fairfield H. Moore (1928–1934)
  • Bernard A. Small (assistant 1928)
  • William L. Lockhart (assistant 1930-1931)
  • Earle Emery Benson (assistant, 1931–1934)
  • George E. Woodward (assistant 1934, keeper 1934-1945)
  • Weston E. Thompson (assistant, 1935)
  • Ernest F. Witty (assistant 1935-1942)


Undated US Coast Guard photo 
View from the north end of the breakwater