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Near York Beach in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

“Beware The Savage Rocks”

Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold

 

(English navigator - 1602)

 
"Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 26, 2011
1. "Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker
Inscription.
Cape Neddick Light Station
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

 
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. Touch for map. Marker is immediately northeast of the Sohier Park Welcome Center and Gift Shop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Sohier Park Road, York ME 03909, United States of America.
 
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); Sewall's Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Federal Highway Administration Murrah Building Memorial
"Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 26, 2011
2. "Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker
Gift Shop in background
(approx. 6.7 miles away); Kittery Maine USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial (approx. 8.7 miles away); Kittery Maine War Memorial (approx. 8.7 miles away); Fort William and Mary Commeration Marker (approx. 8.8 miles away in New Hampshire); William and Mary Raids (approx. 8.9 miles away in New Hampshire); New Castle Congregational Church (approx. 9 miles away in New Hampshire).
 
Also see . . .  History of Nubble Light. (Submitted on May 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. CommunicationsMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Bell next to "Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 26, 2011
3. Bell next to "Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker
Bell next to "Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 26, 2011
4. Bell next to "Beware The Savage Rocks" Marker
View of Rocky Shore Along Cape Neddick image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 26, 2011
5. View of Rocky Shore Along Cape Neddick
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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