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New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide
Boon Island Light
Near York, Maine
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Adamson, Hans Christian. Keepers of the Lights. New York: Greenberg, 1955.

Bailey, Katherine. "Children of Boon Island." Lighthouse Digest, April 2003.

Barnette, Mark. "A Keeper's Memories." Lighthouse Digest, August 1993. Reprinted from York Weekly.

Boston American, "Light keeper feared lost." August 21, 1933.

Boston Globe, "New light ordered for Boon Island, ME." May 22, 1931.

Boston Globe, "Captain W.C. Williams." Obituary, April 29, 1939.

Boston Globe, "Cannons target of rescue effort off Maine Coast." June 6, 1995.

Boston Post, "Captain Hutchins returns home." August 24, 1933.

Bo'sun's Pipe, newsletter of the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum, Autumn 2000.

Cahill, Robert Ellis. Lighthouse Mysteries of the North Atlantic. Salem, MA: Old Saltbox, 1998.

Caldwell, Bill. Lighthouses of Maine. Portland, ME: Gannett Books, 1986.

Carse, Robert. Keepers of the Lights: A History of American Lighthouses. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969.

Clifford, J. Candace, and Mary Louise Clifford. Maine Lighthouses: Documentation of Their Past. Alexandria, VA: Cypress Communications, 2005.

Clifford, Mary Louise and J. Candace Clifford. Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers. Williamsburg, VA: Cypress Communications, 1993.

Commercial Advertiser, April 22, 1817. "Wreck at Boon Island."

Dandurant, Karen. "Rocky Maine coast entrusted to Boon Island's 'Wickies.'" Portsmouth Herald, April 7, 2003.

D'Entremont, Jeremy. The Lighthouses of Maine. Beverly, Massachusetts: Commonwealth Editions, 2009.

Doble-Meyer, Dorothy Gray. "Lighthouse Keepers' Children in WWII." Lighthouse Digest, May 2005.

Dodson, Charles. "Fit for a horror flick." Portsmouth Herald, July 20, 1989.

Dodson, Charles. "Rock bound on Boon Island." Portsmouth Herald, July 17, 1989.

Downeast, May 1978. "Lighthouse Badly Damaged by Winter Gale."

Drake, Samuel Adams. The Pine Tree Coast. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1891.

Emery, George Alexander. Ancient City of Georgeana and Modern Town of York. York Corner, ME: Courant Steam Job Printers, 1894.

Feller-Roth, Barbara. Lighthouses: A Guide to Many of Maine's Coastal and Offshore Guardians. Freeport, ME: DeLorme Mapping Company, 1988.

Grover, Eliphalet. Logbook 1828-1839, Old York Historical Society.

Hammel, Miriam (Dolby). "My Life on Boon Island." Lighthouse Digest, May 2003.

Harlow, Len. "Mrs. Minnie Smith Distinguished as One of Few Woman in Legion." Bangor Daily News, May 26, 1955.

Harrison, Timothy. "Boon Island Lens Goes to Museum." Lighthouse Digest, June 2000.

Harrison, Timothy. "Boon Island Light." Lighthouse Digest, June 2000.

Harrison, Timothy. "Keeper of the Light was Painter of the Light." Lighthouse Digest, August 2008.

Kittery Bicentennial Committee, Kittery Kaleidoscope. Somerswoth, NH: New Hampshire Printers, 1976.

Kittery Press, Vol. IV, No. 2, January 1938.

Lighthouse Digest, May 2003. "Boon Island declares independence."

Lighthouse Digest, December 2005. "Florence Idella Batty: Memories of Maine's Boon Island."

Maine Coast Fisherman. "Life at the Light Stations." September 1951.

Mallory, Steven C. "Capt. Eliphalet Grover's 'Boon Island Fiddle': The Folk Violin in New England, 1750-1850." From New England Music: The Public Sphere, 16001900, the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings, June 1996,

Moody, Edward C. Handbook History of the Town of York. Augusta, ME: Kennebec Journal Company, 1914.

Moore, Peter A. "Nottingham Galley runs aground on Boon Island." Portsmouth Herald, August 10, 2004.

Nashua Telegraph, February 11, 1947. "Rescue Two Isolated on Boon Island."

New Hampshire Gazette, February 5, 1839. "Severe Storm at Boon Island."

New Hampshire Gazette, April 7, 1846. "Another Victim."

Newport (RI) Daily News, "Boon's Majestic Lighthouse its Only Redeeming Feature." September 29, 1989.

Pease, Ruby E. "Boon Island Well Deserves Its Name." Portsmouth Herald, January 27, 1955.

Porter, Jane Molloy. Friendly Edifices: Piscataqua Lighthouses and Other Aids to Navigation 1771- 1939. Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Marine Society, 2006.

Portland Press Herald, February 11, 1947. "Hungry Men at Boon Island Get Supplies."

Portsmouth Chronicle, September 16, 1854. "Boon Island Light."

Portsmouth Chronicle, April 5, 1882. "Notice to Mariners."

Portsmouth Herald, December 15, 1904. "A Fog Trumpet is Wanted for Signal."

Portsmouth Herald, September 7, 1911. "Capt. Williams 25 Years on Boon Island."

Portsmouth Herald, August 22, 1933. "Capt. Hutchins Still Missing."

Portsmouth Herald, August 24, 1933. "Capt. Hutchins Found at Bangor."

Portsmouth Herald, April 28, 1939. "Capt. Williams of Kittery Point Dies."

Portsmouth Herald, December 4, 1945. "Helicopter Drops Food at Boon Island."

Portsmouth Herald, December 5, 1945. "N. E. Escapes New Storm."

Portsmouth Herald, January 22, 1964. "Kittery Point Honors Old Resident."

Portsmouth Herald, January 19, 1974. "Kittery Point Man 100 years Old."

Portsmouth Herald, December 9, 1998. "Towns vie for Boon light lens."

Portsmouth Herald, July 3, 1999. "Original lens from Boon Island to be placed on display."

Portsmouth Journal, October 23, 1841. "Boon Island in the Storm."

Portsmouth Journal, May 11, 1844. "Boon Island."

Portsmouth Journal, September 8, 1849. "The Boon Island Bird-trap."

Portsmouth Journal, September 15, 1849. "Portsmouth and its Environs."

Portsmouth Journal, November 24, 1849. "Boon Island Light."

Portsmouth Journal, February 5, 1853.

Portsmouth Journal, May 9, 1885.

Portsmouth Journal, April 26, 1890.

Portsmouth Journal, August 13, 1892.

Portsmouth Journal, December 31, 1892.

Portsmouth Journal, July 11, 1896.

Portsmouth Journal, December 15, 1900. "The Storm at Boon Island."

Bob Roberts, phone and email correspondence, 2001.

Rochester Courier, December 5, 1978. "Light to be Automated."

Nancy Rondeau, email and mail correpondence in 2003 regarding Hanna family.

Sargent, Colin. "Inside Boon Island Light." Portland Monthly, September 1995.

Simpson, Dorothy. The Maine Islands in Story and Legend. Nobleboro, ME: Blackberry Books, 1987.

Snow, Edward Rowe. The Lighthouses of New England. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1973.

Snow, Edward Rowe. Storms and Shipwrecks of New England. Boston: Yankee Publishing Company, 1943.

Stars and Stripes, November 10, 1991. "Lighthouses Damaged in Maine, New Hampshire."

Sterling, Robert Thayer. "Castaways' Food Cache Gave Boon Island Name." Portsmouth Herald, June 12, 1949.

Sterling, Robert Thayer. Lighthouses of the Maine Coast and the Men Who Keep Them. Brattleboro, VT: Stephen Daye Press, 1935.

Thaxter, Celia. Among the Isles of Shoals. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1898.

Thomson, William O. Solitary Vigils at Boon Island. Kennebunk, ME: 'Scapes Me, 2000.

Trodson, Lars. "Keeping the Light Alive."Offshore, July 1993.

Wass, Philmore B. Lighthouse in My Life. Camden, ME: Downeast Books, 1987.

Wasson, George S. "Horrors Of A Winter Gale At Boon Island Light." Youth's Companion, November 2004.

Willoughby, Malcolm F. Lighthouses of New England. Boston: T.O. Metcalf Company, 1929.

Dave Wells, email correspondence1999.

Woodwell, Virginia L. "Barren Boon Island Presents Rich Vein to History Buffs." York Weekly, August 5, 1998.

Yankee, June 1996. "A Lighthouse Keeper's Chowder."

York County Coast Star, "Maine's Grandaddy Light: Boon Island." September 13, 1972.

Jeremy D'Entremont. Do not reproduce any images or text from this website without permission of the author.

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