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Name: Owls Head Light (ME)   Map it!

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Also known as: Owl's Head Light

Nearest Town or City:
Owls Head, Maine, United States

Location: Entrance to Rockland Harbor, Penobscot Bay.

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Photo: Jeremy D'Entremont
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Managing Organization:
American Lighthouse Foundation

Keeper Augustus Hamor, at Owls Head in the 1930s, had a dog named Spot. Spot acted as an extra fog signal, barking at approaching boats in bad weather. He was once credited with saving the Matinicus mail boat from disaster. The keeper's house at the lighthouse station which previously served as Coast Guard housing, was leased to te American Lighthouse Foundation in 2012, for use as an interpretive center and headquarters for their operation.

Tower Height: 30

Height of Focal Plane: 100

Characteristic and Range: Fixed white.

Description of Tower: Conical white brick tower with black cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1854 1.5 story wood frame keeper's cottage, 1895 oil house, generator building.

Earlier Towers?
1825: first tower.

Date Established: 1825

Date Present Tower Built: 1854

Date Automated: 1989

Optics: 1856: Fourth order Fresnel lens (still in use).

Fog Signal: Fog bell and striking machinery in pyramidal bell tower, c. 1880s; now automated fog horn with two blasts every 20 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, Coast Guard housing.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

From ME 73 in Owls Head: Turn left onto North Shore Road, marked by an "Owls Head State Park - 3.6 miles" sign. Continue for about 2.5 miles; turn left at a triangular intersection ("Owls Head State Park" sign onto Main Street. After 0.2 mile turn left at Lighthouse Road and continue a little more than one-half mile the large free parking area at Owls Head Light State Park. There is about a 0.2 mile walk to the light station. Handicapped-licensed vehicles are permitted to drive to space right by the station's steel fire gate. The lighthouse is reached by walking up a series of ramps and stairways. Before reaching the light station you can also walk to a beach on the left with another view of the lighthouse. Owls Head Light can be seen from many cruises in the area, including some of the lighthouse cruises on board the Lively Lady Too out of Camden; call (207) 236-6672 or see for information.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Isaac Sterns (1825-1838); William Masters (1838-1841 and 1845-1849); Perly (Pearly?) Haines (1841-1845); Henry Achorn (1849-1853); Joshua Adams (1853-1857); Asa Coombs (1857-1861); G. D. Worcester (Woolsley) (1861-1873); Joseph Maddocks (1873-1896); G. H. Maddocks (1896-1904?); Llewellyn Samuel Norwood (1904-1911); Paul Sawyer (1911); Charles Sawyer (1911?); Charles Franklin Chester (c.1911-1921); Allen Carter Holt (c. 1920-?); Augustus B. Hamor (1930-1945); George Woodward (1945-?); Archford (Archie) Haskins (c. 1950); Douglas L. Larabee (1952-1963); Dan Elliott (Coast Guard relief keeper, 1954); Leon Detz (Coast Guard, 1963-1970); Ed Dodge (Coast Guard relief keeper c. 1962-1964); Melvin Davis (Coast Guard, c. 1960s); David Bennett (Coast Guard, circa 1973); Joseph A. Gourde Jr.

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