Cuckolds Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1892
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1907
Year Automated: 1975
Tower Height: 48 ft.
Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: Vega 25
Existing Keepers Quarters? No
Off Cape Newagan, ME
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Last Visited: July, 2002
The Cuckholds Light is located on a small island about a mile off the tip of Southport Island and marks the entrance to Boothbay Harbor. It was one of the last lighthouses to be built along the Maine coast.
Initially, in 1892, just a fog signal station with a steam-driven Daboll fog trumpet was installed and a keeper's dwelling was built. Ten years later, in 1902 the fog trumpet was replaced by a newer oil-powered fog signal. Wrecks, however, continued to occur in the area and the mariners patitioned the government to install a lighthouse. In 1907 the fog station was modified to include a small light tower on its roof, 59 feet above sea level, and a two-story keeper's dwelling was attached. The light included a American-made fourth order Fresnel lens that was manufactured by the MacBeth Glass Company of Pittsburgh. The lens is now on display at the Shore Village Museum in Rockland, Maine.
Rick's Lighthouse Screensavers
Nearest Address: 32 Town Landing Rd, Southport, ME
- The Cuckolds is most definitely best viewed from a boat or plane. But you can get a distant view from Cape Newagan on Southport Island.
- From Boothbay, continue on Route 27 south. Follow Route 27 over the drawbridge and onto Southport Island.
- Once on Southport, take a left onto Route 238
- Take Route 238 3.9 miles then turn left onto Landing Rd.
- In 0.3 miles you'll come to the end of Landing Rd. Park there and walk out on to the pier and hope there's no fog so you can catch a view of Cuckolds.
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