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MAINE ATTRACTIONS - LIGHTHOUSES
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Baker Island Bass Harbor Bluehill Bay
Boon Island Browns Head Burnt Island
Cape Elizabeth Cape Neddick Curtis Island
Deer Island / Mark Island Dice Head Doubling Point
Eagle Island Egg Rock Fort Point
Goat Island Goose Rocks Grindle Points
Heron Neck Indian Island Kennebec River Range
Marshall Point Matinicus Rock Monhegan Island
Moose Peak Mt. Desert Rock Owls Head
Pemaquid Point Perkins Island Petit Manan
Pond Island Portland Breakwater Portland Head
Prospect Harbor Ram Island Ram Island Ledge
Rockland Breakwater Rockland Harbor Southwest Seguin Island
Spring Point Ledge Squirrel Point Tenants Harbor
Two Bush Island West Quoddy Whitehead
Bass Harbor Head Light
Located at the southwestern Point of Mt.Desert Island, this lighthouse was built in 1858 to warn mariners of the Bass Harbor Bar at the eastern entrance to the harbor and to mark the entrance to Blue Hill Bay. Bass Harbor also offered shelter for vessels seeking refuge from easterly gales. The lighthouse is now among the most accessible and most photographed in Maine.

The brick lighthouse is attached to the 1-1/2 story wood frame keeper's house by a covered walkway. A bell tower was added in 1876 but has since been removed; a 1902 oil house remains. The original fifth-order Fresnel lens was replaced in 1902 by a fourth-order Fresnel lens which remains in the tower.

The keeper's house is the residence for the Coast Guard Commander, Southwest Harbor and is not open to the Public. However, paths lead down to boulders neighboring the light station and a walkway takes you to the front of the house and the lighthouse.

Directions:
Follow Route 3 from Ellsworth to Route 198; turn south onto Route 102 and continue through Bass Harbor to the Coast Guard Bass Harbor Head Station entrance. There are trails east of the parking area which lead down to large granite boulders at the shore; best views and photographs of the light from land are taken from these rocks.

From the water: Follow "Swans Island Ferry" signs through Bass Harbor, turning right onto Swans Island Road and the ferry landing. This light is easily incorporated into most sightseeing boat or air charter lighthouse routes.

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