Rockland in Knox County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Rockland Harbor Trail
Snow Marine Park to Rockland Breakwater Light
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The Rockland Harbor Trail is easy to follow. Allow you and your imagination enjoy the Harbor sights along the way. The trail is approximately 5.5. mile[s] from beginning to end, linking many of the city's open spaces, parks, downtown and waterfront historical sites.
The breakwater is a granite barrier which stretches 4,346 feet from Jameson's Point toward Owl's Head. Nearly 700,000 tons of stone was laid between April 1881 and November 1899 to make up the nine sections of the breakwater.
The initial section of the breakwater was started about 204 feet from the shore and extended out into the harbor 657 feet. Blocks of granite, some weighing up to several thousand pounds, were dropped into the water forming a trapezoid (175 feet at the base and 43 feet wide at the top).
As construction of the jetty progressed, beacons were placed at the southern end as a warning to ships. In 1888 a small portable light station was erected on granite blocks. Between 1886 and 1895 this station was moved four (4) times.
Information provided by the Shore Village Historical Society.
Welcome to the Marie H. Reed Breakwater Park
This park has been developed by the City of Rockland for the enjoyment of the citizens and visitors to Rockland, Oct. 1990.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 29, 1881.
Location. 44° 6.927′ N, 69° 5.042′ W. Marker is in Rockland, Maine, in Knox County. Marker is along the Breakwater Access Trail in Marie H. Reed Breakwater Park, at the southeast terminus of Samoset Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockland ME 04841, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Rockland Harbor Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Maine (approx. 1½ miles away); Portland Head Light Bell (1942)World Wars Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Chapman Park (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockland.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.