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Bass Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Bass Harbor Head Light

 
 
Bass Harbor Head Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 1998
1. Bass Harbor Head Light Marker
Inscription. Bass Harbor Head Light stands at the southernmost tip of Mount Desert Island and marks the entrance to Blue Hill Bay and Bass Harbor. Since 1858 it has warned mariners of navigational hazards along this rocky shore.

In the nineteenth century, the waters near this light station bustled with merchant ships, fishing vessels and schooners, which carried granite, fish, lumber and lyme to distant ports, or bought goods from around the world back to Maine.

Many of the islands you see were once inhabited by people who made their living from the surrounding sea. By 1860, nearly one in five Maine residents was a mariner. Today, Swans Island is the only island in view with a year-around population.

As ships and commerce have changed, the light station has been automated, but never darkened.

(Inscription in the box on the right)
Bass Harbor Head Light 44 13.3N, 68 20.3W-built 1858-Height: 56 feet above mean high water-Maximum visibility: 13 nautical miles-Light: red occulting—4 seconds on, 1 second off-Lens: 4th Order Fresnel Classical-Automated: 1974. The light is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The small building east of the lighthouse was built in 1897, and housed the fog signal. The keeper’s quarters is a U.S. Coast Guard residence. Neither the lighthouse nor the quarters are open to the public.
 
Location.

Bass Harbor Head Light image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 1998
2. Bass Harbor Head Light
44° 13.328′ N, 68° 20.237′ W. Marker is in Bass Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road. Touch for map. The lighthouse is located in Acadia National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bass Harbor ME 04653, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Steadfast Light (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bass Harbor Head Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph T. Musetti Jr. Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 5.6 miles away); Carriage Roads - Building the Roads (approx. 6.7 miles away); Somes Sound (approx. 6.8 miles away); Carriage Roads - The Gate Lodges (approx. 7.9 miles away); Gateway to Acadia (approx. 7.9 miles away); Glacial Freight (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Grounds of the Bass Harbor Head Light image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 1998
3. Grounds of the Bass Harbor Head Light
Bass Harbor Head Light in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 1998
4. Bass Harbor Head Light in the background
Bass Harbor Head Light-at the waters edge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 20, 1998
5. Bass Harbor Head Light-at the waters edge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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