Bear Island Light, off Mt. Desert Island

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Bear Island Light was established in 1839 and approved by President Martin Van Buren. The construction of the lighthouse cost $3000. The original lighthouse was a stone house with a tower on top. It burned in 1852, and in 1853 a brick tower was built at one end of the house. The current tower and keeper's dwelling was constructed in 1889. Its original optic was a fifth order Fresnel. This picture shows the island from the southwest, and the white triangular structure housed the bell, weighing 1000 lbs. This bell was tolled using a wind up system to warn seamen of the pending danger ahead.

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  • Title: Bear Island Light, off Mt. Desert Island
  • Creation Date: circa 1895
  • Subject Date: circa 1895
  • Locations:
    • Mount Desert, Hancock County, ME
    • Cranberry Isles, Hancock County, ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 9 cm x 13 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Great Harbor Maritime Museum
124 Main St, PO Box 145, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
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