Portland Breakwater Light
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Portland B'water Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1855

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1875

Year Automated: 1934

Shape: Conical

Tower Height: 16   ft.

Original Optic: 6th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: 250mm

Existing Keepers Quarters? No



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Portland Breakwater Lighthouse
Portland, Maine

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History:
The light was originally built in 1855 at the end of a breakwater that stretched about a 1/2 mile into Portland Harbor. The light has a unique design, with lots of detail and columns. It almost has a the feel of a greek or roman monument. During World War II there was a need for more land for shipbuilding so the area between the shore and the lighthouse was filled. Once done the lighthouse was not needed anymore. It was extinguished in 1942. Since then money from various funds and conservation groups helped restore and preserve the lighthouse. Although in need of a paint job it is otherwise in superb condition.

Hours:
The lighthouse is easily accessible every day. There is a large parking lot by the light. The tower itself, however, is not open to the public.

Latitude/Longitude: 43.655531,-70.235149

Nearest Address: Madison St, South Portland, ME

Directions:
  • From downtown Portland take Route 77 south to Broadway.
  • Turn east on Broadway and follow Broadway to Pickett St.
  • Take a left onto Pickett St. Follow the road around the warehouses to the parking lot on the left for the public landing.
  • From there it is a short walk to the lighthouse. You can walk around the lighthouse but cannot go inside.


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