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Coastal View of Nubble Lighthouse by Monica M. Scanlan

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It was a beautiful day, 12/4/09 but the surf was rough and just happened to catch this wave in York, Maine USA with the Nubble Lighthouse in the distance.

The placement of a lighthouse on the Nubble had been recommended by many local mariners since 1807. An 1837 proposal was rejected on the grounds that there were already enough lights in the vicinity. Even after the wreck of the bark Isidore in 1842, north of the Nubble near Bald Head Cliff, it still took nearly four more decades before the lighthouse was established. The Isidore, according to legend, still reappears as a ghost ship with a phantom crew.

Congress appropriated $15,000 for the building of a lighthouse on the Nubble in 1876. The 41-foot cast-iron tower, lined with brick, was first illuminated on July 1, 1879. At first, the lighthouse was painted reddish-brown, showing a fixed red light through a fourth order Fresnel lens.

The lighthouse still exhibits a red light, but the tower has been painted white since 1902.

Nikon D300 PSE 7 handheld 200 ISO 70×300

(Light the way)


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  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    The lighthouse looks quite short compared to the building. nice shot though

  • Thanks, Kala!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 4 years ago

    Great catch Monica! I am hoping to get up there this winter! take care, Linda

  • Thanks, Linda!!! It was a beautiful sight!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • icesrun
    icesrunalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture of the waves and the lighthouse!!

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfalmost 4 years ago


  • Yeeha!!!! Thanks, Lina!!! Always an honor!!! :)

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • icesrun
    icesrunalmost 4 years ago

  • Wow!!!! Thanks so very much!!!!! I am thrilled!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

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    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

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    sarnia2over 3 years ago

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