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GRINDEL POINT LIGHT

State: MAINE
Location: GILKEY HARBOR
Nearest City: ISLESBORO
County: WALDO
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1850


Grindel Point Light
1998 photo by Barry Mackintosh
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1874
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1934-1987
  • Automated: 1934
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK TRIM
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 39
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 250 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1987
  • Height of Focal Plane: 39
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? UNKNOWN
  • Fog Signal Type: NONE/ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1874
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: CAPE COD (ATTACHED)
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE (1906), BOATHOUSE (BY 1881)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM IN KEEPERS

Owner/Manager: TOWN OF ISLESBORO W/U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #87000427
Name of Listing: GRINDLE POINT LIGHT STATION
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, ME-181 (MARO)

Miscellaneous:
LIGHT ON NEARBY SKELETON TOWER 1934-1987; AT REQUEST OF LOCAL CITIZENS, COAST GUARD MOVED LIGHT BACK INTO THE OLD TOWER IN 1987 AND REMOVED MODERN TOWER



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