West Quoddy Head Light
West Quoddy Head Light, with Grand Manan in the background
|Location||West Quoddy head/Bay of Fundy|
|Year first constructed||1808|
|Year first lit||1858 (Current tower)|
|Markings / pattern||Red and white bands with black lantern|
|Height||49 feet (15 m)|
|Focal height||83 feet (25 m)|
|Original lens||Third order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||Third order Fresnel lens|
|Range||18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)|
|Characteristic||Flashing(2) White 15s|
|Fog signal||HORN: 2 every 30s|
West Quoddy Head Light Station
|Nearest city||Lubec, Maine|
|Governing body||United States Coast Guard|
|NRHP Reference #||80004601|
|Added to NRHP||July 4, 1980|
West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine, is the easternmost point of the contiguous United States and the closest point to Europe from a point in the fifty States. West Quoddy Head overlooks Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Canada and the United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the waterway. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858. Photographs and paintings of this lighthouse are frequently reproduced. The 3rd order Fresnel lens is the only 3rd order and one of only eight Fresnel lenses still in use on the Maine Coast.
In 1990, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 25 cent stamp featuring the West Quoddy Head Light.
A lighthouse at West Passamaquoddy Head, Maine, was authorized by Congress in 1806. The light station was finished on April 21, 1808, at a cost of $5,000. In 1820, Congress authorized the first fog signal at the station, a 500-pound (230 kg) bell, for a cost of $1,000. The current tower was built in 1858.
- The first keeper was Thomas Dexter.
- 1939: Howard Grey was the last civilian keeper of the station prior to its transfer to the U.S. Coast Guard.
- 1962: As of Aug. 15, 1962, BM1 Bruce Keene was OIC, or Officer-in-Charge (dates of the time he began and ended his tour are not known— he served at least through September 1964.) According to documents in the West Quoddy file, his father, LT Thomas Keene, had previously served as the head keeper of the light station.
- 1963: As of Oct. 27, Keene was still OIC and (Engineman?) Richard Copeland was his assistant.
- 1978: Through May 31 the OIC was BM1 Cliffton Scholfield. He had a crew of two assistants: MT2 Carl Hatch and MT# Davis Blanding.
- 1978: On June 1, BM2 George Eaton took over as the OIC of the station. He had two assistants.
- 1979: MK3 Carl Hatch was a member of the crew.
- 1981: As of Sept. 14, the OIC was BM1 John Richardson.
- 1988: The last OIC (keeper) was Malcolm Rouse, USCG.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 12.
- Rowlett, Russ (2009-12-07). "Lighthouses of the United States: Eastern Maine". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "Classical Lenses in Operation" (PDF). US Coast Guard. 2009-08-06.
- "Stamp Series". United States Postal Service. Retrieved Sep 2, 2013.
- West Quoddy Head Lighthouse - West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association
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