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Active Light Station Preservation Projects
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Blacks Harbour, NB
Bliss Island, NB
Calais, ME
Campobello Island, NB
Cherry Island, NB
Cutler
Deer Island, NB
Grand Manan, NB
Letete, NB
Lubec, ME
White Head Island, NB
Wolf Islands, NB

Quoddy Loop Active Lighthouse Preservation Efforts

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Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick

This lighthouse and the lighthouse on The Wolf Islands are a familiar site to passengers on the Grand Manan Island ferries.

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Bliss Island, New Brunswick

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Bliss Island Lighthouse

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Calais, Maine

[Whitlock Mills Lighthouse]

Whitlock's Mill Lighthouse*

This is the northernmost light in Maine. In 1892, a red lantern was hung on a tree here, and tended by Mr. Whitlock who had a lath mill nearby. In 1909 the current light (light is publicly accessible) -- the last one built in Maine -- was erected, along with the bell tower (fog signal) and the keeper's residence (keeper's house is not publicly accessible).

The tower is brick, painted white, on a granite foundation, and lined inside with white enamel brick. It is 12 feet in diameter at its base, and is 25 feet in height, rising 29 feet above mean high water. Inside, access to the top is via cast iron steps. The octagonal lantern area has a narrow iron walkway outside. Operation of the light is now automated.

The pyramid-shaped, wood-shingled bell house is adjacent to the light, although the bell no longer resides inside.

The keeper's house (not publicly accessible) is two-story, stuccoed, and with a gambrel roof. The oil house is of brick construction, and there is a wood-shingle sided hip-roofed shed.

The light was automated in 1969.

* The light tower is now owned and maintained by the St. Croix Historical Society, Calais. All other property on the original station is privately owned. Access to the light tower, 3 miles from Calais on US-1 south, is a short walk from the main road or can be viewed from the nearby roadside turnout (Pike's Park) on US Rt-1.

* Lighthouse Preservation Effort: St. Croix Historical Society

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Campobello Island, New Brunswick

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Mulholland Point Light

This little lighthouse, built in 1885, resides within the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park property near the F.D. Roosevelt Memorial International Bridge.

Overlooking Lubec Narrows, the town of Lubec, a lobster pound, and including a picnic area, it provides a wonderful view, with a good chance of sighting seals in the channel.

Both the Mulholland Light and the Lubec Channel Light can be seen from this area.

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Head Harbour (East Quoddy Head) Lighthouse*

On a separate, tiny island at the furthest point north on Campobello Island, this wonderful lighthouse, constructed in 1829, and painted with the Cross of St. George, offers visitors an exceptional experience. The fog alarm building was constructed in 1914 - 1915.

During the season, you're apt to see whales feeding offshore. If they're close enough, and the wind is blowing in the correct direction, the whales' spouting can even be heard.

At least three other lighthouses can be spotted by the sharp eye from this vantage point: L'Etete Passage (Green's Point) Lighthouse in St. George, the small Leonardville Light on Deer Island, and on the Wolf Islands (The "Wolves").

Far off shore lies the car ferry route between Blacks Harbour and Grand Manan Island. Visitors to East Quoddy Light are apt to see one--or both--ferries and they steam the 13 miles (2-to-2.5 hours) between the mainland and the large island at the mouth of Fundy Bay.

Although it's dangerous and rugged, for about two hours when the tide is out, the hearty and adventuresome visitor can climb the steep, slippery metal ladders, walk on the ocean floor. Then, across two intermediate islands--connected by a short, wooden bridge--and once again down a steep ladder to cross a rocky, wet, seaweed-covered intertidal zone, and then finally out to the lighthouse itself!

DANGER!--TAKE NO RISKS & DO NOT LINGER! If you become stranded on the islands by the tide, WAIT FOR RESCUE. Even former keepers of this lighthouse have lost their lives by misjudging the STRONG, FRIGID, FAST-RISING tidal currents, and TIDE-PRESSURIZED UNSTABLE PEBBLE OCEAN FLOOR, while attempting to make this crossing. (During a summer in the 1990s, two visitors attempted to swim across this passage. One made it across, but the other was swept away by the current. After a rescue by boat, both had been stricken with hypothermia, were rushed to the hospital -- and luckily, survived.)

* Lighthouse Preservation Effort: Friends of Head Harbour Lightstation

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Cherry Islet, New Brunswick

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Cherry Islet (Island) Light

(Small light on tiny Cherry Islet, to the south of Deer Island.)

NOTE: Coast Guard Canada has since demolished the outbuildings and repainted the tower.
This photograph will be updated in the future.

Visible from the Eastport municipal pier, and from North Road on Campobello Island, this little lighthouse sit like a small jewel on Cherry Islet. It was established in 1824.

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Cutler, Maine

On Little River Island near the mouth of Cutler Harbor, this light stands guard. Boat excursions and aircraft make it possible to view Little River Light. It was first constructed in 1847, but was rebuilt in 1876, and was automated in 1975.

The tower is brick-lined cast iron, and is 41' tall.

* Lighthouse Preservation Effort: Friends of Little River Lighthouse

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Deer Island, New Brunswick

 

Leonardville Light

Just south of Leonardville along NB Route 772, amongst the trees, is the little Leonardville Lighthouse. From this lighthouse, looking straight outward, lies Head Harbour Lighthouse just off the northern tip of Campobello Island.

A short footpath leads from the highway to the Leonardville Light. DANGER!--There is no rail along the precipitous cliff along which the lighthouse is situated!

Deer Point Beacon

A white tower with red light stands at Deer Point at the south end of the island, within Deer Island Campground, overlooking Eastport, Maine, and Old Sow Whirlpool.

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Grand Manan, New Brunswick

(See also "White Head Island" below--a short ferry ride from Ingall Head, Grand Manan)

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L'Etete, New Brunswick*

 

L'Etete Passage Light
(Greens Point Light)

The keeper's house of Letete Passage Light, also known as Greens Point Light, is now the Green's Point Lighthouse Museum! The museum is home to several small aquaria, including a touch tank, and has such things in its collection as a 2000 year old walrus skull!

Coming from Letete, continue past the last turnoff to the Deer Island Ferry landing, until you reach the lighthouse. From this vantage point one can also see Head Harbour Lighthouse just off the tip of Campobello Island.

* Lighthouse Preservation Effort: Green's Point Light Association

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Lubec, Maine

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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse*

Standing attention at the eastern edge of the United States, this candy-striped lighthouse protects vessels from the rocky shore and shoals of West Quoddy Head, while looking across the water to Liberty Point on Campobello Island (about 1.25 miles away) and Grand Manan (about 9 miles away).

Construction of the light was authorized in 1806 by Thomas Jefferson, and the original tower was completed and put into service in 1808. In 1858, the tower was replaced with the current one along with construction of the keeper's house, and a third order fresnel lens--still in use today--was place in it at that time. It was automated in 1988. The light is constructed of brick, on a masonry foundation, is 49 feet high, and protrudes 83 feet above average sea level.

There is a fog horn building on the grounds which was constructed of brick in 1887. Also, the wooden Victorian-style keeper's quarters were built in 1858. The oil house was built in 1892.

The current tower has 15 stripes--8 red and 7 white.

The light is leased to West Quoddy Lighthouse Keepers Association of Lubec, Maine.

Sail Rock (©, right), protruding from the Bay of Fundy, is the small rock just a few yards offshore from West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, and is the eastern-most bit of terra firma in the U.S.A.

Quoddy Head State Park, with hiking trails and picnic area, adjoins the lighthouse property. During the season, whales are frequently seen offshore in Grand Manan Channel of the Bay of Fundy.

* Lighthouse Preservation Effort: West Quoddy Head Light Keeper Association

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Lubec Channel Light
The Sparkplug

Established in 1890, this light is also known as the "Sparkplug." Construction is brick-lined cast iron, and has been recently restored. The 53 foot tower stands guard in the middle of Lubec Channel between Lubec and Campobello Island. It was automated in 1939.

Both this light and the Mulholland Light on Campobello Island can be seen from the F.D. Roosevelt Memorial International Bridge which connects these two communities.

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St. Andrews, New Brunswick

St. Andrews Lightstation
The Pendlebury Light
Indian Point Light

Built and commissioned in 1833, this light has had several close calls. A tidal surge in 1869 (the Saxby Gale) and another in 1873 nearly carried the diminutive light away. It was moved in 1874, due to the seawall having collapsed; was moved again in an unknown year; and again in 1876. In 2002, after it was moved 50 feet away, its surroundings' protective cribbing disintegrated in a winter storm.

As of February 2004, the rare early-colonial wrought iron lantern -- containing four oil lamps that burned whale and porpoise oil, providing a fixed white beacon -- was removed for restoration.

* Lighthouse Preservation Effort: St. Andrews Civic Trust's Pendlebury Lighthouse Project

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White Head Island, New Brunswick

(See also "Grand Manan" above.)

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Long Point Light

Long Point Light, along a pebble trail that--due to the action of high and rough winter seas--can be in impassible condition until the road is graded in the summer. This diminutive light at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy faces out toward the Gulf of Maine, with the open Atlantic Ocean, beyond.

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Wolf Islands, New Brunswick

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Southern Wolf Island Light

The lighthouse at the Wolves can be seen in the distance from East Quoddy Lighthouse on Campobello Island.

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* Active Quoddy Loop Light Station Preservation Projects

Calais, ME
St. Croix Historical Society, P.O. Box 242 , Calais, Maine 04619 (207) 454-2604
 
Campobello Island, NB
Friends of Head Harbour Lightstation
Head Harbour Lightstation Preservation Effort Photographs
 
Cutler, ME
Little River Light
 
Letete, NB
Green's Point Light Association
 
Lubec, ME
West Quoddy Head Light Keeper Association

St. Andrews, NB

Pendlebury Lighthouse Project


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Other photographs are copyrighted as indicated in their respective copyright notices.

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