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FRANKLIN ISLAND LIGHT

State: MAINE
Location: MUSCONGUS BAY
Nearest City: FRIENDSHIP
County: KNOX
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1806



NPS photo by Karmen Bisher, 2004
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1855
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: C.1942
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/GREY & RED TRIM
  • Shape: CYLINDRICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 45
  • Original Optic: FOURTH-ORDER FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1855
  • Present Optic: 250 MM SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1983
  • Height of Focal Plane: 57
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: USCG STATION IN BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): YES
  • Construction Date: 1807 & 1831
  • Description: OCTAGONAL WOOD TOWER ON STONE FDN / UNKNOWN
  • Fate/Disposition: REPLACED BY NEWER TOWERS
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HAND BELL RUNG TO SIGNALS
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DISMANTLED BETWEEN 1938 - 1942)

Other Structures: NONE EXISTING

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: NONE Reference # 0
Name of Listing:
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
THIRD OLDEST LIGHTHOUSE SITE IN MAINE; FRANKLIN ISLAND IS UNINHABITED; TOWER ONCE ATTACHED TO DWELLING VIA A WORKROOM; OIL HOUSE (1895); FUNCTIONED AS AN UNMANNED LIGHT BY 1942.



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