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CAPE ELIZABETH LIGHTS

State: MAINE
Location: CASCO BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: CAPE ELIZABETH
County: CUMBERLAND
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1828

Cape Elizabeth Lights - East Tower


Cape Elizabeth Lights - West Light
West tower (above) and east tower (left); NPS photos by Ralph Eshelman, 1998
First Historic Tower (EAST TOWER):
  • Year Light First Lit: 1874
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1963
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK TRIM
  • Shape: CONICAL ATTACHED TO ENTRANCE ROOM
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 67
  • Original Optic: SECOND ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1874
  • Present Optic: FA-251
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1994
  • Height of Focal Plane: 129
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Second Historic Tower (WEST TOWER):
  • Year Light First Lit: 1874
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1924
  • Automated: N/A
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: CONICAL W/OUT LANTERN
  • Relationship to Other Structures:
  • Tower Height:
  • Original Optic:
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic:
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Fresnel Lens Disposition: SECOND ORDER LENS REMOVED 1994 AND PUT ON DISPLAY IN CAPE ELIZABETH TOWN HALL

Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1828
  • Description: RUBBLESTONE
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1886
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. FOG SIREN, WHISTLE
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DEMOLISHED 1999)
  • Year Constructed: 1878
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: VICTORIAN
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures:

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN EAST TOWER / WEST TOWER IS PART OF PRIVATE RESIDENCE

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD (EAST TOWER) / PRIVATE OWNER (WEST TOWER)

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING; Reference #74000167
Name of Listing: TWO LIGHTS
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, MA-182 (MARO)

Miscellaneous:
ORIGINALLY TWIN TOWERS; WEST LIGHT, INACTIVE 1924, WAS SOLD IN 1971; LAST OPERATIONAL MERCURY BATH OPERATED ROTATING CLASSICAL LEN IN 1ST DISTRICT; MODERN OPTIC ON BALCONY; KEEPERS HOUSE FOR SALE IN 1994



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