Burnt Coat Harbor Light

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Burnt Coat Harbor Light
Burnt Coat Harbor Maine Lighthouse.JPG
Burnt Coat Harbor Light is located in Maine
Burnt Coat Harbor Light
Location Blue Hill Bay, Maine
Coordinates 44°08′03.2″N 68°26′50.2″W / 44.134222°N 68.447278°W / 44.134222; -68.447278Coordinates: 44°08′03.2″N 68°26′50.2″W / 44.134222°N 68.447278°W / 44.134222; -68.447278
Year first constructed 1872
Automated 1975
Tower shape Square Brick Tower
Markings / pattern White
Focal height 75 feet (23 m)
Range 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
Characteristic Oc W 4s
Fog signal none
USCG number


Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station
Burnt Coat Harbor Light is located in Maine
Burnt Coat Harbor Light
Burnt Coat Harbor Light is located in the US
Burnt Coat Harbor Light
Nearest city Swans Island, Maine
Architect US Army Corps of Engineers
MPS Light Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP reference # 87002272[3]
Added to NRHP January 21, 1988
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

The Burnt Coat Harbor Light is a lighthouse on Swan's Island, Maine. It is located at the end of Hockamock Point, a peninsula extending south from the center of the island, dividing the island's main harbor from Toothacker Bay. The light marks the entrance to Swan's Island Harbor. It was built in 1872, and is a well-preserved 19th-century light station. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[3]

Description and history[edit]

The light station consists of the main tower and three buildings: a keeper's house, bell house, and oil house, set on 3 acres (1.2 ha) at the southernmost tip of Hockamock Point. The tower is a square brick structure 32 feet (9.8 m) in height, with a ten-sided lantern chamber surrounded by an iron walkway with railing. It is capped by a round ventilator. The keeper's house is an L-shaped wood frame structure, finished in clapboards. Just to the south of the tower stands the small bell house, a roughly square structure (it is slightly tapered), with a gable roof and doorway at one end. The oil house is a small brick structure with a doorway at one gabled end, and a small ventilator on the roof.[4]

The station was authorized in 1871, and the tower and keeper's house were completed the following year. The station originally had a second range light, placed at the site of the bell house, with a covered way connecting the two towers. That tower and the covered way were removed in 1884. The bell house was built in 1911, and the oil house in 1895. The station was automated in 1975.[4] The keeper's house is now maintained by the Friends of Burnt Coat Light and is open in the summer as a museum. The tower is open for climbing several days per week.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-05.
  2. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 26.
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Burnt Coat Harbor Light". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  5. ^ "Planning your visit". Friends of Burnt Coat Light. Retrieved 2015-01-17.