Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford 1944

Contributed by Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse


The photo of Wood Island Lighthouse, with its fog bell tower, was taken March 1, 1944 by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The fog bell tower probably is the second one on Wood Island, built by keeper Earle Benson (1934-1951).

The door to the building is on the south side. The earlier tower had a door on the east side.

In foggy condition, the keeper wound the weights of the Steven's Striking Mechanism up. As gravity caused them to slowly descend, the apparatus would cause the hammer to strike the bell as a warning to mariners that they were nearing the dangerous rocks of Wood Island.

This photo resides in the Coast Guard Historian's Office in Washington, D.C.

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About This Item

  • Title: Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford 1944
  • Creator: US Coast Guard
  • Creation Date: 1944-03-01
  • Subject Date: 1944
  • Local Name: Wood Island
  • Town: Biddeford
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Collection: Coast Guard Archives
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse
PO Box 26, Biddeford Pool, ME 04006
(207) 286-3229

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