Whitehead Light

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Whitehead Light
Whitehead Lighthouse Maine.JPG
Whitehead Light is located in Maine
Whitehead Light
Location Penobscot Bay entrance, Maine
Coordinates 43°58′43.369″N 69°7′27.397″W / 43.97871361°N 69.12427694°W / 43.97871361; -69.12427694Coordinates: 43°58′43.369″N 69°7′27.397″W / 43.97871361°N 69.12427694°W / 43.97871361; -69.12427694
Year first constructed 1807
Automated 1982
Foundation Natural / emplaced
Construction Granite
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern Natural
Height 41 feet (12 m)
Focal height 41 feet (12 m)
Original lens 3rd order Fresnel lens, 1855
Current lens 12 inches (300 mm), 1982
Range 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)
Characteristic Oc G 4s
Fog signal HORN: 2 every 30s
USCG number

1-4580[1][2][3]

Whitehead Light Station
Nearest city Tenants Harbor, Maine
Area 11.1 acres (4.5 ha)
Built 1852
Architect US Army Corps of Engineers
Governing body U.S. Coast Guard
MPS Light Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP Reference # 88000154[4]
Added to NRHP March 14, 1988

Whitehead Light is a lighthouse on Whitehead Island, on Muscle Ridge Channel, in the southwestern entrance to Penobscot Bay, Maine. It is in the town of St.George.

Also known as White Head Island Light, it was first established in 1807. The present structure was designed by Alexander Parris and built in 1852.

Whitehead Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Whitehead Light Station on March 14, 1988, reference number 88000154.[4]

In 1996 as part of the Maine Lights Program, Whitehead Light Station became property of Pine Island Camp, a 100+ year old non profit institution in central Maine. Whitehead Light Station keepers house and school house were painstakingly renovated over a 12 year period and are now beautifully restored. The light station offers adult enrichment programs during the summer months and is also available for rent by the week. The house has 7 bedrooms each with its own bathroom, three sitting rooms, a modern kitchen and dining room. The web site whiteheadlightstation.org has current information.

Keepers[edit]

Source:[1]

  • Ellis Dolph (1804–1807)
  • Ebenezer Otis (1813–1816)
  • Charles Haskell (1816–1821)
  • Samuel Davis (1821–1840)
  • William Perry, Jr. (1840–1841 and 1845–1849)
  • Joshua Bartlett (1849)
  • Dennis Pillsbury (1853)
  • Samuel B. Stackpole (1853–1858)
  • Albert Thomas, assistant (1854)
  • Edwin R. Stackpole (1853–1858)
  • Eugene Stackpole, assistant (1857)
  • Elisha Snow. Assistant (1857–1859)
  • Isaac Sterns (1858–1860)
  • Thomas Shoutts, assistant (1859–1860)
  • Samuel Ludwig, assistant (1860)
  • William Spear (1860–1861)
  • William Spear, Jr., assistant (1860–1861)
  • Ephraim Quinn (1861–1862)
  • William Perry, assistant (1861–1862)
  • Archibald McKellar (1862)
  • James McKellar, assistant (1862)
  • Edward Spaulding (1862–1865)
  • E. Cooper Spaulding, assistant (1862–1866)
  • Hezekiah Long (1865–1875)
  • Horace Norton, assistant (1866–1874)
  • Abbie B. Long, assistant (1867–1875)
  • Isaac N. Grant (1875–1890)
  • Abbie B. Grant, assistant (1875–1890)
  • Knot Perry, assistant (1876)
  • George L. Upton (1890–1892)
  • Frank N. Jellison (assistant 1890–1892, keeper 1892–1905)
  • Daniel Stevens (1892)
  • George Matthews, assistant (1892–1898)
  • Joseph W. Jellison, second assistant (1895–1898)
  • Walden B. Hodgkins, second assistant (1899–1902)
  • Otto A. Wilson, second assistant (1899)
  • George S. Connors, second assistant (1899–1902)
  • Edward T. Merritt, second assistant (1902–1903)
  • Elmer Reed, assistant, then keeper (1902–1912)
  • George M. Joyce, second assistant (1903–1905)
  • A. Faulkingham, second assistant, then first assistant (1905–1909)
  • Stephen F. Flood, first assistant (1905–1907)
  • Frank B. Ingalls, second assistant (1907–1909)
  • Fairfield H, Moore, first assistant (1909–1911)
  • John E. Purrington, second assistant (1909–1911)
  • Lester Leighton, second assistant (1911–1913)
  • Charles Robinson, assistant (1913–unknown)
  • Hervey H, Wass, first assistant (1913–1919)
  • Arthur B. Mitchell (1919–1929)
  • Arthur Marston (1923–1928)
  • Arthur J. Beal (1929–1950)
  • Frank Alley, second assistant (1928–194?)
  • George Lester Alley, first assistant (1926–194?)
  • Clyde Grant (Coast Guard, c. 1950)
  • Gordon P. Eaton (Coast Guard, c. 1950–1952)
  • Richard (Rick) Ames (Coast Guard, c. 1950)
  • Ronald Upton (Coast Guard keeper, 9/1973–5/1974)

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