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Name: Franklin Island Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Friendship, Maine, United States

Location: Northwest corner of Franklin Island in Muscongus Bay.

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Managing Organization:
Franklin Light Preservation, Inc.

Franklin Island Light is the third oldest lighthouse station in Maine. A light was established in 1805, although the first tower wasn't completed until 1807. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages Franklin Island, but a group called Franklin Light Preservation, Inc., has a license from the Coast Guard to care for the lighthouse.

Tower Height: 45

Height of Focal Plane: 57

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every six seconds.

Description of Tower: White cylindrical brick tower with black and red cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1895 oil house.

Earlier Towers?
1807: stone [?] tower.

Date Established: 1805

Date Present Tower Built: 1855

Date Automated: c. 1933

Optics: 1855: Fourth order Fresnel lens (now at Coast Guard station in Boothbay Harbor, ME).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

This lighthouse is best seen by boat. Hardy Boat Cruises in New Harbor offers a Fall Coastal Cruise that includes a distant view of Franklin Island Light. Call (207) 677-2026 or (800) 2-PUFFIN for more information.

Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!

Keepers: Thomas Hanna (1830-1841), James Tolman Hanna (1841-1844), Willam Jameson (c. 1845), Edward Thomas (c. 1845), William Blasdel (1850-1854), Peter Williams (1855), James W. Farrow (1859-1871), Charles A. Dolliver (1871-1884), Frank W. Whitney (1884-1888), George D. Pottle (1888-1900), Edward T. Spurling (1900-1911), Eugene N. Larrabee (1911), Almon Mitchell (1911-1913), Albert J. Clinch (1913-1918), Vinal O. Beal (1918-1919), Roscoe Chandler (1919-1924), George Woodward (1924-1926), Charles N. Robinson (1926-1933).

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