Monday, November 23, 2015

Lighthouse #7 - Franklin Light

On our lighthouse tour, we were able to see this lighthouse from the sea, not usually visible from anywhere on land. This is the Franklin Island Light.


If you click on the link there is more history from the earlier days of the lighthouse, and it would appear that life there was miserable for the keepers.

In 1933, the light on Franklin Island was converted to an automated acetylene gas apparatus, and the station was destaffed. All the structures on the island save the tower and oil house were burned. The fourth-order Fresnel lens was later removed from the lighthouse and placed on display at Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor.

Keeper Pottle would likely be pleased that his island home was transferred to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973 and is now Franklin Island National Wildlife Refuge, supporting nesting gulls, eiders, herons, and petrels. As such, the island is closed to the public during the nesting season that runs from April 1 to August 31.
Keepers:

  • Head: William Blaisdell (1849 - 1853), Peter Williams, Jr. (1853 - 1858), William Watts (1858 - 1861), J.W. Farrow (1861 - 1871), Charles A. Dolliver (1871 - 1883), Frank H. Whitney (1883 - 1888), George D. Pottle (1888 - 1900), Edward T. Spurling (1900 - 1911), Eugene N. Larrabee (1911), Almon Mitchell (1911 - at least 1912), Roscoe Chandler (1919 - 1924), George E. Woodward (1924 - 1926).
This is probably my last lighthouse post from our trip to Maine, so I will have to come up with something else for next Monday. Linking in today with Sally for Blue Monday.

Linda Kay
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