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The Nubble Lighthouse

Monica M. Scanlan

Washington, United States

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This is one of the most photographed lighthouses and is the most beautiful one I have ever seen in the New England area. It is located in York, Maine USA and there is free parking to view the ocean and the lighthouse! Taken 12/4/09.

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.

178 views as of 5/21/10.

(Show me the way…)
Nikon D300 PSE 7 200 ISO Handheld 70×300


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