Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
(Maine, USA)












Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

November 1997
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

November 1999
The breakwater rocks can be walked across with caution to visit the lighthouse.
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

February 2000
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

February 2000
This is my favorite photograph of Spring Point Ledge Light.
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

November 1997
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

November 1999
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

November 1999
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

November 1999
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

November 1999
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

February 2000
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

February 2000
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost

February 2000
Photograph by
Walter Cushman
Photograph by
Thomas Mitchell
Photograph by
Barbara A. McHatton






Located in Portland Harbor, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, is one of three surviving "SPARK PLUG" structures in Maine. It was originally built in 1855, and rebuilt in 1875. The cast iron lighthouse was completed in 1897, and automated in 1934. It was constructed with a concrete filled caisson foundation, and has four levels plus a basement storeroom and cistern. The first floor was the galley; second floor the keeper's quarters; third floor was reserved for the assistant keeper; and fourth floor was the watchroom. In 1950-1951, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed a 900 foot breakwater out to the lighthouse. It was automated in 1934.

The lighthouse is accessible by car, and parking is nearby. A person can walk on the breakwater rocks right up to the lighthouse--I found that quite exciting. It is truly a unique lighthouse, similar in appearance to the Goose Rocks and Lubec Channel Lighthouses. Portland Breakwater Lighthouse can be seen from this location.

***Other interesting facts:
R Code: Flashing white 6 seconds.
Height above water: 54 feet
Range: Red=9nm; White=12nm
Foundation Materials: Brick/Iron Caisson
Construction Materials: Cast Iron/Brick
Markings/Patterns: White On Black Pier W/Black Lantern
Shape: Conical "Spark Plug"
Present Optic: 300 mm

***Directions: From ME 77 in Portland, turn east onto Broadway and continue to Pickett Street. Turn right onto Pickett and follow it to the end. Turn left onto Fort Road which ends at Fort Preble and a parking area. The light and breakwater are immediately ahead just to the right.












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