Grindel Point Light

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Grindel Point Light
Lighthouse IslesboroME.jpg
Grindel Point Light
Grindel Point Light is located in Maine
Grindel Point Light
Location Ferry Rd., Islesboro, Maine
Coordinates 44°16′53.151″N 68°56′34.997″W / 44.28143083°N 68.94305472°W / 44.28143083; -68.94305472Coordinates: 44°16′53.151″N 68°56′34.997″W / 44.28143083°N 68.94305472°W / 44.28143083; -68.94305472
Year first constructed 1850
Year first lit 1874 (current structure)
Automated 1934
Deactivated 1934-1987
Tower shape Square Tower
Markings / pattern White
Focal height 39 feet (12 m)
Original lens 5th order Fresnel lens
Current lens 9.8 inches (250 mm)
Range 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 4s
Fog signal Bell originally
None now
Admiralty number J0090
ARLHS number USA-356
USCG number


Grindle Point Light Station
Built 1874
NRHP Reference # 87000427[3]
Added to NRHP March 13, 1987

Grindel Point Light (also spelled Grindle Point Light) is a lighthouse in Islesboro, Maine, marking the west entrance to Gilkey Harbor at the westernmost point of the eponymous island. The light station was established in 1850, and the present tower and keeper's house were built in 1874. The station was deactivated in 1934 and reactivated in 1987. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[3] The keeper's house now houses the Grindle Point Sailor's Museum and the lighthouse tower is open for tours in the summer.

Description and history[edit]

The town of Islesboro occupies an eponymous island in Penobscot Bay, on the central Maine coast. The island is roughly shaped as two lobes joined by a narrow isthmus. The westernmost point of the island, called Grindel's (or "Grindle's") Point, is located at the southern tip of a peninsula extending southwest from the southern lobe. The light stands to the west of Ferry Road, near the wharf serving the ferry connecting Islesboro to the mainland at Lincolnville. The lighthouse is a short tapered square brick structure, topped by a lantern house surrounded by a metal deck with rounded railing. A covered passageway, slightly below ground level, connects the tower to the keeper's house, a rectangular wood frame structure with a gable roof. Just northwest of the house stands a wooden boathouse, and a small brick oilhouse stands further north.[4]

The light station was authorized by the United States Navy in 1849, and the first tower and keeper's house were completed the following year. These brick structures were deemed beyond repair in 1874, and the present station was built on the foundations of the old one. The title name is the official USCG name[2] and is derived from the name of the second lightkeeper, Francis Grindle.[5] The USCG History site calls it "Grindle Point".[1] The United States Coast Guard planned to automate the light as early as 1923. After public resistance delayed this, the Coast Guard in 1934 mounted a new light on a steel tower nearby in 1934.[4] The town of Islesboro bought the light for $1,200 and established the Sailors' Memorial Museum there. After considerable public pressure, the Coast Guard reestablished the light in 1987.

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  1. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-06. 
  2. ^ a b United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 39. 
  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 Grindle Point Light Station" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Maine Tourism: Grindle Point Lighthouse". ALLTrips Travel Guides. 2009-08-13. 

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