Sailor the dog rings fog bell, Wood Island Light, ca. 1903

Contributed by Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse


The dog in this picture is Sailor, was famous for ringing the fog bell at Wood Island Lighthouse.

The keeper, Thomas Henry Orcutt (1886-1905) watches as Sailor clasps the rope attached to the bells' clapper in his mouth.

Articles about Sailor were found in newspapers as far away as Georgia, Iowa and Wisconsin. He was loved by local mariners because as they passed Wood Island in their boats, they would toot a greeting and Sailor would dash to the bell and give a salute on the great tocsin.

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  • Title: Sailor the dog rings fog bell, Wood Island Light, ca. 1903
  • Creator: Orcutt Family
  • Creation Date: circa 1903
  • Subject Date: circa 1903
  • Location: Wood Island, Biddeford, York County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 9 cm x 9 cm
  • Collection: Private collection of the Roderick Jeffers Family
  • Object Type: Image

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

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