Portland B'water Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1855
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1875
Year Automated: 1934
Tower Height: 16 ft.
Original Optic: 6th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 250mm
Existing Keepers Quarters? No
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse
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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.
Nearest Address: Madison St, South Portland, MEDirections:
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