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Rockland Harbor Southwest Light

Rockland Harbor Southwest Light

Rockland Harbor Southwest Light

Nearby town:
Owls Head, ME


Year Light First Lit:

Lighthouse Automated:

Lighthouse Operational:
Yes, active aid to navigation

Tower Height: 25 feet

Present Optics:
Fifth Order Fresnel

Viewed from shore; viewed by boat/boat charter

Open to public:
No, closed to public

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Rockland Harbor Southwest Light - located Maine's newest lighthouse shines in Rockland Harbor

Rockland Harbor Southwest Light Lighthouses have always been a staple of coastal life in Maine, and Rockland is certainly no exception. In addition to the Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland Harbor Southwest Light (+44° 4' 57.65", -69° 5' 46.64") is a private aid to navigation. Its characteristic is a yellow flash every 2.5 seconds, with a range of twelve nautical miles.

Out of all the Maine lighthouses, Rockland Harbor Southwest Light is the newest. Dr. Bruce Woolett privately built and finished the light in 1987 after six years of construction and a $14,000 price tag. The unique lighthouse is an 18-foot tall, white, wood-frame, square structure built on top of a small building. The lighthouse marks and warns mariners of Seal Ledge and shallow waters southwest of Rockland Inner Harbor. It is the only privately built lighthouse in New England to become an official navigation aid.

Rockland Harbor Southwest Light An electric marine lens originally lit the lighthouse, but a fifth-order Fresnel lens from the Kennebec River Range Lights replaced this fixture in 1989. In 1998, the tower and dwelling were sold to John J. Gazzola who renovated the lighthouse.

Rockland Harbor Southwest Light is a private residence that is closed to the public, but it can be seen from the water or on shore at the end of Shearman’s Lane in Owl’s Head.



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