Ram Island Light

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Ram Island Light
Ram Island Lighthouse Maine.JPG
Locationsouth of Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Coordinates43°48′14.2″N 69°35′57.7″W / 43.803944°N 69.599361°W / 43.803944; -69.599361Coordinates: 43°48′14.2″N 69°35′57.7″W / 43.803944°N 69.599361°W / 43.803944; -69.599361
FoundationGranite Caisson
ShapeCylindrical Tower
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place Edit this on Wikidata
Fog signalHORN: 1 every 30s
Focal height36 feet (11 m)
Range11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi) & 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
CharacteristicIso R 6s with 2 W sectors
Ram Island Light Station
Nearest cityBoothbay Harbor, Maine
ArchitectUS Army Corps of Engineers
MPSLight Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP reference No.87002280[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 21, 1988

Ram Island Light is a lighthouse located just offshore of Ram Island, marking the eastern entrance to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and the west side of the mouth of the Damariscotta River. It was built in 1883 and automated in 1965.[2][3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Ram Island Light Station on January 21, 1988.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The lighthouse in 2008

Ram Island is part of a group of islands along the eastern edge of Boothbay, extending roughly southward from Ocean Point,[4] the southernmost mainland point of the town of Boothbay, at the tip of the Linekin Neck peninsula. The island is separated by a narrow channel from Fisherman's Island, a long and narrow north-south island.[5] Ram Island Light is located offshore, about 100 feet (30 m) north of Ram Island. The tower consists of an ashlar granite base, from which the main brick tower rises to a polygonal lantern house. The lantern house is surrounded by an iron walkway and railing, and is capped by a ventilator. It now houses a modern light fixture. The tower was originally connected to the island by an elevated walkway. On the island stand the keeper's house, and a fuel house, both wood frame structures, and a small brick oil house.[6]

By the late 19th century, Boothbay Harbor had become a major commercial and shipbuilding center of Mid Coast Maine, with a growing tourist trade and scheduled steamer service from cities further south. This station was established in 1883 to mark the easternmost entrance to the harbor area, and the western approach to the Damariscotta River. The light was automated in 1965.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-06. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01.
  3. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 47.
  4. ^ Damariscotta, Sheepscot and Kennebec Rivers (Map) (35th ed.). 1:40,000. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce. October 2010. 13293.
  5. ^ Greene, pp. 20-21
  6. ^ a b Kirk Mohney (1987). "NRHP nomination for Ram Island Light Station". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-06-17. with photos from 1987


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