Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

 

In the 1800's the Rockland harbor was one of the busiest on the mid coast of Maine.  A thriving limestone industry along with shipbuilding and fishing made this harbor essential for the mid Maine economy.  In order to protect the harbor between 1881 and 1899 a long granite breakwater was built.  In 1902 a lighthouse on the end of the breakwater was put into operation.  The tower of the lighthouse is 25 feet tall and it is attached to a keeper's house.  The light of the lighthouse flashes white every 5 seconds and in foggy weather a fog signal puts out one blast every 15 seconds.


Long Rocky Walk to Lighthouse


Rocky Walk to Light
As you can see in the photo above the breakwater is made of chunks of granite.  On the day we visited there were several people walking down the breakwater to see the lighthouse at the end.  After walking about a quarter of the way, I decided the long walk with my camera equipment was a bit treacherous so I stopped put on my long lenses and photographed from a distance.  I also took several shots from the shore. One of the photos from the shore captures Owls Head lighthouse in the distance. Click on the link below the photo to read more about Owls Head lighthouse.

Owls Head Lighthouse

Today the lighthouse is still an active aid  to navigation.  You can visit the lighthouse by walking the 7/8 of a mile down the granite breakwater. Here is a photo of the lighthouse taken from the shore.




Ledges by the Bay

 

The motel that we stayed at was about a mile from the lighthouse and we had a wonderful view of another small bay adjoining the Rockland harbor.  The photos below show the view from our room.  It was exciting to watch the beautiful colors of the sunrise and sunset and to see the clipper ships sail past our view.





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6 comments:

  1. Such a pretty area and photographs! I'm not sure if I would have walked on the granite wall that far either.

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  2. Your photographs are outstanding, as always, Mary Beth. They really bring this lighthouse and area to life for viewers. Your Rockland Maine Harbor photograph could be a postcard for the area. Love your virtual tours and lighthouse history.

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  3. Another beautiful lighthouse! I always enjoy looking at your beautiful photo Mary Beth. I definitely think I would be hesitate to walk on that granite breakwater. I can well imagine I would trip, fall, twist an ankle and have to be carried back since I would no doubt be focusing on the lighthouse and not the path.

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  4. You always make me want to jump right in my vehicle to go lighthousing. I love a good challenge. Think I just might have to go walk that breakwater pathway to the Rockland lighthouse. Can't wait to see where you go next. Beautiful photos.

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  5. Mary Beth, your lighthouse pictures are priceless and beautiful. You have made me want to visit each and everyone. This one today is no exception. I wish I had more time to get to all these lovely places. Your photography is incredible, thanks for sharing a bit of your love for lighthouses with me.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous. That breakwater sure does look treacherous to walk on, but very tempting to try for sure. I'd want to get all the way to the Lighthouse though, it's beautiful and intriguing indeed.

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