Contributed by Great Harbor Maritime Museum
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.
About This Item
- Title: Bear Island Light, off Mt. Desert Island
- Creation Date: circa 1895
- Subject Date: circa 1895
- Local Name: Bear Island, Northeast Harbor
- Town: Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert
- County: Hancock
- State: ME
- Media: Postcard
- Dimensions: 9 cm x 13 cm
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Cranberry Isles (Me. : Islands)
- Mount Desert Island (Me.)
- Bear Island Lighthouse (Hancock County, Me.)
- Bear Island (Hancock County, Me.)
For more information about this item, contact:Great Harbor Maritime Museum
124 Main St, PO Box 145, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
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