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
Location Penobscot Bay entrance, Maine
Coordinates 43°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 constructed 1897
Automated 1964
Tower shape Square Brick Tower
Markings / pattern White
Height 42 feet (13 m)
Focal height 65 feet (20 m)
Current lens VRB-25
Range 21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi) & 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s with R sector
Fog signal HORN: 1 every 15s
Admiralty number J0120
ARLHS number USA-860
USCG number 1-4540[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.