The Seals of Mount Desert Rock

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The Seals of Mount Desert Rock

1847 (Alexander Parris); station established 1830. Active; focal plane 75 ft (23 m); white flash every 15 s. 58 ft (17.5 m) round old-style granite tower (raised 10 ft (3 m) in 1857) with lantern and gallery; solar-powered VRB-25 aerobeacon (1993). Tower unpainted; lantern painted black. Fog horn (2 blasts every 30 s) operates continuously. Replica lantern (1985). NOAA C-MAN automatic weather station. 1-1/2 story wood keeper’s quarters (1893). A photo is at right, Anderson has a goodpage for the lighthouse, Lighthouse Digest has information on the history of the light station and a feature article on the difficulties of life there, has aerial photos, and Huelse has a historic postcard view, but the skerry is only a blur in Bing’s satellite view. A remarkable and historic site and one of the most isolated and exposed light stations of the U.S. Atlantic coast. The lighthouse is one of three waveswept towers designed by the architect Alexander Parris. The station was transferred to the College of the Atlantic in 1998 under the Maine Lights program. The keeper’s house is in use as an ecology research facility known as the Edward McC. Blair Marine Research Station. The college replaced the roof of the keeper’s house in 2000. In 2001, the generator house was expanded by the addition of a second floor; the first floor is now a marine lab and the second floor is a classroom. In August 2009, Hurricane Bill damaged several of the buildings and nearly destroyed the boathouse; the lighthouse was not damaged. The station is known especially for finback and humpback whale research. Located on a bare rocky island south of Frenchboro. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Operator: U.S. Coast Guard. Owner: College of the Atlantic. Site manager: Island Research Center. This is the very first lighthouse in the USCG Light List, ARLHS USA-516; Admiralty J0048; USCG 1-0005.  –The Lighthouse Directory

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