Egg Rock Light (Maine)

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Egg Rock Light
Egg Rock Lighthouse Maine.JPG
Egg Rock Light (Maine) is located in Maine
Egg Rock Light (Maine)
Location Frenchman Bay, Maine
Coordinates 44°21′14.188″N 68°8′18.033″W / 44.35394111°N 68.13834250°W / 44.35394111; -68.13834250Coordinates: 44°21′14.188″N 68°8′18.033″W / 44.35394111°N 68.13834250°W / 44.35394111; -68.13834250
Year first constructed 1875
Automated 1976
Tower shape Brick Tower in middle of Wood House
Markings / pattern White
Focal height 64 feet (20 m)
Current lens VRB-25
Range 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
Characteristic Fl R 5s
Fog signal HORN: 2 every 30s
USCG number

1-1865 [1] [2] [3]

Egg Rock Light Station
Nearest city Winter Harbor, Maine
Area 11.8 acres (4.8 ha)
Built 1875
Architect US Army Corps of Engineers
MPS Light Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP Reference # 87002270[4]
Added to NRHP January 21, 1988

Egg Rock Light is a lighthouse on Frenchman Bay, Maine. Built in 1875, it is one of coastal Maine's architecturally unique lighthouses, with a square tower projecting through the square keeper's house. Located on Egg Rock, midway between Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula, it is an active aid to navigation, flashing red every 40 seconds. The light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Egg Rock Light Station in 1988.[4]

Description and history[edit]

The Egg Rock Light Station consists of two buildings, a combination light tower and keeper's house, and a fog station building. The keeper's house is a roughly square 1-1/2 story wood frame building, with a hip roof pierced by dormers on all four sides. The painted brick tower, 40 feet (12 m) high, rises through the center of the house.[5] The light is a VRB-25 aerobeacon, mounted in a 1986 replacement lantern house. It is configured to flash red every 40 seconds.[6] The fog station is a brick structure southwest of the main building, with a gable-on-hip roof.[5]

Egg Rock Light

The Egg Rock light was constructed in 1876, and was originally fitted with a fifth-order Fresnel lens. The fog station (originally steam-powered) was added in 1904. The station was automated by the United States Coast Guard in 1976, at which time its ancillary structures except the fog station were torn down. The lantern house was removed and the light was replaced by the present aerobeacon. After public protest, a replacement lantern house was installed in 1986. The light continues to be managed by the Coast Guard, and is not open to the public; the island and buildings are owned by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  2. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 19. 
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2010-03-10). "Lighthouses of the United States: Eastern Maine". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Egg Rock Light Station" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  6. ^ a b "Lighthouses of Eastern Maine". Russ Rowlett, University of North Carolina. Retrieved 2015-02-02.