Spring Point Ledge Light

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Spring Point Ledge Light in 2002 - 40th trip
Spring Point Ledge Light in 2002 - 40th trip

South Portland, Maine

Built: 1897

Automated: 1934

This 54 foot tall cylindrical, brick "sparkplug" style tower, built on a cast-iron caisson, sits at the end of a 900 foot breakwater and marks a dangerous ledge on the west side of the main shipping channel into Portland Harbor. It includes four levels consisting of a galley, keeper's office and living quarters, assistant keeper's quarters, and watchroom. It originally housed a fifth-order Fresnel lens. The light is still in operation today, using a 300 mm modern optic. It is currently owned by the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust, and restoration of the interior of the tower is ongoing.

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