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)
LocationFrenchman Bay, Maine
Coordinates44°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 constructed1875
Tower shapeBrick Tower in middle of Wood House
Markings / patternWhite
Tower height12 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height64 feet (20 m)
Current lensVRB-25
Range18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
CharacteristicFl R 5s
Fog signalHORN: 2 every 30s
USCG number1-1865

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Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Egg Rock Light Station
Nearest cityWinter Harbor, Maine
Area11.8 acres (4.8 ha)
ArchitectUS Army Corps of Engineers
MPSLight Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP reference No.87002270[4]
Added to NRHPJanuary 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 originally was 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]

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  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.
  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 Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Egg Rock Light Station". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  6. ^ a b "Lighthouses of Eastern Maine". Russ Rowlett, University of North Carolina. Retrieved 2015-02-02.

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