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Spring Point Ledge Light, Portland, Maine, USA

This lighthouse marks the dangerous ledge on the west side of the main shipping channel into Portland Harbor. Many vessels ran aground here before a group of steamship companies convinced the government to locate a lighthouse on the ledge in 1891. However, Congress failed to allocate funds until 1896 when construction began. Setbacks in construction, including storms and disputes about materials, delayed completion until May 1897. Built on a cylindrical cast-iron caisson, the lighthouse is a typical “sparkplug” style of the period, but unlike many such structures, the tower is constructed of brick rather than cast iron.
The lighthouse includes four levels, including a keeper’s office, watchroom and two levels for living quarters. A fifth-order fresnel lens was installed and a fog bell hung on the side of the tower. The light was electrified and automated in 1934; in 1951 the 900-foot breakwater was constructed, joining the lighthouse with the mainland.
The lighthouse is easily accessible; the Spring Point Museum is located in the adjacent Southern Maine Technical College campus. Excursion boats from Portland pass near this light. The lighthouse is now ownwd by the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust.

straight from the camera (mandatory mention for the As Is group)

Olympus SP570 UZ

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Comments

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    This is so stunning. I love it. It’s like you cut out the image of the lighthouse and pasted on to black paper. Really nice!

  • glad you like it, but no cutting here was involved ! lol
    this image has been simply taken from an opening in the adjacent fort…
    many thanks nonetheless for your enthusiastic comment !!!
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    incredible capture.

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • cougarfan
    cougarfanover 5 years ago

    Awesome:)))))))) Love This Shot:)xoxox

  • thank you !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Laura60
    Laura60over 5 years ago

    excellent capture….

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • deegarra
    deegarraover 5 years ago

    BBBBBBBeeeeeeUtiFuL… i love the presentation as well

  • thank you again !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful picture.

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 5 years ago

    STRIKING Image, Francis! Instant fav! Daniela

  • thank you daniela, glad you like it !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 5 years ago

    Cool framing!! what a beautiful lighthouse.

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Francis!

  • thank you again !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Justine Devereux-Old
    Justine Devere...over 5 years ago

    Brilliant use of framing!!
    :)

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

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