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Boon Island is a hellish strip of jagged rocks waiting to rip open a passing ship. It's an impossibly inhospitable place that witnessed a cannibalism incident in 1710 when the Nottinham Galley ran aground, and the survivors had no way to get to shore. Boon Island is 9 miles offshore from York Beach.

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The rugged, deeply indented coast of Maine has more than 60 lighthouses.

Lighthouses were once the saviors of the seacoast. Their bright beacons and resonating foghorns cut through foul weather, warning ships of impending danger and guiding them safely back to shore. In this age of radar and GPS, lighthouses no longer have the life and death significance they once did, yet these distinctive structures still carry the romance and drama of their pasts. More than 60 lighthouses dot the Maine coast from the well known Nubble Light in York to West Quoddy Head, the easternmost lighthouse in the United States.

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A page devoted to lighthouse facts like: "The tallest lighthouse is at Cape Hatteras, N.C. and stands 196 feet tall.

Floating lighthouses are called Lightships which were essential partners with America's lighthouses as part of the federal government's commitment to safe navigation on the nation's coasts and on the Great Lakes.

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There are 22 surviving lightships in the United States

Between 1820 and 1983, the U.S. government established 116 lightship stations on three coasts and on the Great Lakes. Among the more famous and significant lightship stations were "Ambrose," marking the southern entrance into New York harbor along the New Jersey coast; "Nantucket," marking not only the entrance to Boston harbor but also the American end of the transatlantic route; "Chesapeake," marking the entrance into Chesapeake Bay, "Diamond Shoals" off the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which marked a dangerous spot along the coastal ocean highway by way of the Gulf Stream; and "San Francisco" on the bar three miles out from the Golden Gate. These were among the better known stations; others, less known to the public, were as important if not more significant, such as the Huron station on Lake Huron, which safely guided a major proportion of the nation's maritime traffic across the Great Lakes.

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Map of Maine Lighthouses by Region

Find your way to all the lighthouses that dot the coast of Maine. Visiting and photographing lighthouses are popular hobbies as is collecting ceramic replicas. In some locations, lighthouses have become popular travel destinations in themselves and the buildings are maintained as tourist attractions. In the US, National Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is celebrated on the first weekend of August, and International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is celebrated on the third weekend. Many lighthouses are open to the public and amateur radio operators often communicate between them on these days.

The American Lighthouse Foundation

The American Lighthouse Foundation's (ALF) short-term goals are to prevent the further loss and deterioration to historic lighthouses under the direct control of the organization and to garner public and private sector support to effectively sustain and grow such lighthouse preservation measures. In addition, ALF is seeking to enhance the educational and cultural value associated with the Museum of Lighthouse History and striving to integrate “Kids on the Beam” – a unique learning initiative centered on our nation’s lighthouse history, within student curriculum and throughout the lighthouse community’s youth members.

Maine Office of Tourism - Lighthouses

Lighthouses were once the saviors of the seacoast. Their bright beacons and resonating foghorns cut through foul weather, warning ships of impending danger and guiding them safely back to shore. In this age of radar and GPS, lighthouses no longer have the life and death significance they once did, yet these distinctive structures still carry the romance and drama of their pasts. More than 60 lighthouses dot the Maine coast from the well known Nubble Light in York to West Quoddy Head, the easternmost lighthouse in the United States.

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Maine Lobster Festival & Maine Lighthouse Museum

Representatives from the Maine Lobster Festival presented a check for $20,000 to the Maine Lighthouse Museum Friday morning. The donation is part of the festival’s continued pledge of support to the museum, said Pete Cella, president of the Maine Lobster Festival.

The money will go toward the museum’s operating costs, according to the museum’s director, Bob Trapani. “The Maine Lighthouse Museum is extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Maine Lobster Festival, which proves to be a huge difference-maker in the museum's mission to exhibit and conserve the nation's largest collection of classical Fresnel lenses and lighthouse artifacts. Thanks to the Maine Lobster Festival's care and generosity, together we are 'shining a bright light' on our lighthouse heritage for present and future generations,” Trapani said.

Maine Lighthouses For Sale

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