Near York Beach in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
"Beware The Savage Rocks"
Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold
(English navigator - 1602)
43° 9' 45" N. Lat.
70° 35' 30" W. Long.
Constructed 1879 Automated 1987
The booming of a bell like this warned mariners of the "savage rocks" surrounding this tip of Cape Neddick. It hung from a pyramid-shaped structure attached to the tower, and was operated by a clock-like mechanism. Activated during periods of low visibility, its booming sound could be heard more than a mile at sea. After serving for almost a century, the bell was replaced by a power-operated fog horn.
This plaque is dedicated to the men and women of the
U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Natural Features • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
Location. 43° 9.934′ N, 70° 35.628′ W. Marker is near York Beach, Maine, in York County. Marker is on Sohier Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is immediately northeast of the Sohier Park Welcome Center and Gift Shop. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Nubble Light House" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic York Then and Now (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sewall's Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Federal Highway Administration Murrah Building Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away); Welcome To Fort McClary (approx. 8.2 miles away); Fort McClary (approx. 8.2 miles away); Resisting Naval Firepower (approx. 8.2 miles away); Fort Foster (approx. 8.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.