There are over 60 lighthouses in and along the coast of Maine. We managed to see or visit 1/10th of these – listed below – on our road trip. All of these lighthouses have interesting and varied histories which can be accessed by the links.
One is for sale. Can you guess which one? (answer below)
Spring Point Ledge Light and Owls Head Light
Portland Breakwater Light (the Bug) and Portland Head Light
Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
For sale: a hard-to-access, 105-year-old, wave-swept lighthouse on treacherous rock outcroppings at the entrance of Portland Harbor. No utilities and no functioning pier. Opening bid is at east $10,000.
Ram Island Ledge protrudes 1,300 feet from Ram Island and is only exposed at low tide. The granite tower was built in 1905 on a granite block foundation with an attached skeletal pier. It is 77 feet tall from its base to the middle of the round lantern.
The Coast Guard conveyed the lighthouse to the General Services Administration (GSA), which is handling the auction sale. Here’s a plus – the Coast Guard will continue to maintain the navigational aids, the light and the foghorn.
Wondering if there were any takers?
As of mid-September, there were 47 bidders and a high bid of $190,000. Registered bidders were allowed to inspect the lighthouse in late August – weather and seas permitting. Very calm water is needed to touch a boat's bow to the surrounding rocks. Once docked, bidders would climb a 30-foot exterior ladder to get inside the lighthouse. (Did I mention there were no utilities?)
So you weren’t looking to buy a lighthouse. How about a customs house or federal building? There’s some interesting real estate being auctioned by the U.S. Federal Government. Check out the listings on the GSA Property Utilization and Disposal site.