Isle au Haut Light

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Isle au Haut Light
Isle au Haut Light Station.JPG
Isle au Haut Light is located in Maine
Isle au Haut Light
Location Isle au Haut, Maine
Coordinates 44°3′53.076″N 68°39′4.952″W / 44.06474333°N 68.65137556°W / 44.06474333; -68.65137556Coordinates: 44°3′53.076″N 68°39′4.952″W / 44.06474333°N 68.65137556°W / 44.06474333; -68.65137556
Year first constructed 1907
Automated 1934
Foundation Granite blocks
Construction Granite and brick
Tower shape Conical (lower)
Cylindrical (upper)
Markings / pattern Lower: gray
Upper: white with black lantern
Focal height 48 feet (15 m)
Original lens 4th order Fresnel lens
Current lens 9.8 inches (250 mm) solar powered
Range White: 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi)
Red: 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)
Characteristic Fl R 4s with W sector
Fog signal none
Admiralty number J0068
ARLHS number USA-404
USCG number

1-3360[1][2][3]

Isle au Haut Light Station
Nearest city Isle au Haut, Maine
Architect US Army Corps of Engineers
MPS Light Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP Reference # 87002265[4]
Added to NRHP January 21, 1988

Isle au Haut Light, also called Robinson Point Light, is a lighthouse located at Robinson Point in Isle au Haut, Maine. The lighthouse was established in 1907.

History[edit]

The lighthouse tower and surrounding buildings at Isle au Haut Light Station were built in 1907 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers at a 20-acre (8.1 ha) site at Robinson Point purchased from Charles E. Robinson. The lighthouse tower was built slightly offshore, standing 40 feet (12 m) tall and consisting of a white granite and brick cylindrical upper section on a conical granite block foundation. The keeper's quarters are a two-and-a-half-story frame and stucco Victorian house connected to the tower by a catwalk. A boathouse, oil house, and storage shed were also built at the station.[2]

The lighthouse was automated in 1934 and the government sold the property except the tower back to Robinson. The Robinson family used the property as a summer home until they sold it to Jeff and Judi Burke in 1986. The Burkes converted the keeper's quarters into a bed and breakfast called "The Keeper's House," which they operated until 2007.[2][5][6]

Isle au Haut Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places as "Isle au Haut Light Station" in 1988.[4] The Coast Guard transferred the lighthouse to the Town of Isle au Haut in 1998 under the Maine Lights Program and the tower was completely restored in 1999.[7]

The lighthouse remains in service as of 2008. The current optic for the light is a 9.8 inches (250 mm) solar-powered lens which flashes red every four seconds with a white sector covering the safe channel. The original fourth order Fresnel lens is at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 31. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-10-09). "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. ^ Roberts, Bruce; Ray Jones (2002). American Lighthouses: A Definitive Guide. Globe Pequot. pp. 35–36. ISBN 978-0-7627-2269-3. 
  6. ^ Greenlaw, Linda (2003). The Lobster Chronicles: Life On a Very Small Island. Hyperion. pp. 58–60, 66. ISBN 0-7868-8591-2. 
  7. ^ Twin Lights Publishers; Jean Patey (2004). New England's Lighthouses: A Photographic Portrait. Twin Lights Publishers. p. 39. ISBN 1-885435-50-9.