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MOUNT DESERT ROCK LIGHT

State: MAINE
Location: SOUTH OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
Nearest City: FRENCHBORO
County: HANCOCK
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1830



Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1847
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1977
  • Foundation Materials: SURFACE ROCK
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE BLOCKS
  • Markings/Patterns: NATURAL W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 58
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1858
  • Present Optic: VEGA VRB-25 SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1993
  • Height of Focal Plane: 75
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1830
  • Description: WOOD PCTAGONAL TOWER ATTACHED TO STONE DWELLING
  • Fate/Disposition: REPLACED W/GRANITE TOWER
  • 2. Construction Date: N/A
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (DISMANTLED)
  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: RECTANGULAR
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. BELL THEN WHISTLE
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1892
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: COLONIAL DUPLEX
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: CISTERN, STORAGE BUILDING, BOATHOUSE (1895) WITH LAUNCHWAY

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/WILDLIFE RESEARCH

Owner/Manager: COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC W/USCG ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #88000155
Name of Listing: MOUNT DESERT LIGHT STATION
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES ME-204 (MARO)

Miscellaneous:
TOWER DESIGNED BY NOTED ARCHITECT/ENGINEER ALEXANDER PARRIS; TOWER RAISED 10 FEET IN 1857 TO ACCOMODATE 3RD ORDER LENS; REPLICA OF LANTERN PLACED ON TOWER IN 1985



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