Two Bush Island Light

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Two Bush Island Light
Two Bush Island Lighthouse Maine.JPG
Two Bush Island Light is located in Maine
Two Bush Island Light
LocationPenobscot Bay entrance, Maine
Coordinates43°57′51.26″N 69°4′26.06″W / 43.9642389°N 69.0739056°W / 43.9642389; -69.0739056Coordinates: 43°57′51.26″N 69°4′26.06″W / 43.9642389°N 69.0739056°W / 43.9642389; -69.0739056
Year first constructed1897
Automated1964
Tower shapeSquare Brick Tower
Markings / patternWhite
Tower height42 feet (13 m)
Focal height65 feet (20 m)
Current lensVRB-25
Range21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi) & 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 5s with R sector
Fog signalHORN: 1 every 15s
Admiralty numberJ0120
ARLHS numberUSA-860
USCG number1-4540[1][2][3]

Two Bush Island Light is a lighthouse on Two Bush Island, on the channel of the same name, the southwestern entrance to Penobscot Bay, Maine. The two bushes for which the island was named have long since vanished. The lighthouse was established in 1897. The keepers were removed when the light was automated in 1964. Afterward, the Two Bush Island fog signal was operated by the keepers at nearby Whitehead Light Station, who also monitored the light. The keeper's house was destroyed in 1970 as a Green Beret demolition exercise. In the summer of 2000, the light was converted to solar power. The lighthouse itself continues to be a navigation aid, but is only visible by boat or from the air. In 1998, the lighthouse became the property of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.[4]

References[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. 40.
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-08-06). "Lighthouses of the United States: Southern Maine". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ D'Entremont, Jeremy. "History of Two Bush Island Lighthouse, Spruce Head, Maine". New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide. Retrieved 27 January 2017.