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Matinicus Rock Light
Near Matinicus Island, Maine
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Location: About five miles from Matinicus Island, Penobscot Bay.
Nearest town: Matinicus
43 47 00 N
68 51 18 W
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Accessibility: The island is maintained as a bird sanctuary and access is very limited.
Station established: 1827; Present lighthouses built: 1857
North light discontinued: 1924; South light automated: 1983
Construction material: Granite
Height of tower (south light): 48 feet; Height of focal plane (south light): 90 feet
Earlier optic: Third-order Fresnel (1857); Present optic: VRB-25
Characteristic: Flashing white every 10 seconds
Fog signal: One blast every 15 seconds
Other buildings still standing: 1846 keeper's house, 1890 oil house
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation; light station is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Related sites:
Coast Guard page about Abbie Burgess and Matinicus Rock
Project Puffin Resources for Maine Travel & Living
Alexander Parris Digital Project
Previous lighthouse: Marshall Point Light
Next lighthouse: Tenants Harbor Light
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