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Name: Great Duck Island Light (ME)   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Frenchboro, Maine, United States

Location: Approach to Blue Hill Bay and Mount Desert Island.

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Photo: D.W. Smith
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Managing Organization:
College of the Atlantic

Telephone: 207-288-5015


Contact Address Information:
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor
Maine, 04609, United States

Under the Maine Lights Program, the lighthouse station was turned over to the College of the Atlantic as an ecological research station. It is estimated that Great Duck Island supports 20% of Maine's nesting seabirds.

Tower Height: 42

Height of Focal Plane: 67

Description of Tower: White, cylindrical brick tower with black cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1890 1.5 story wood frame keeper's house, 1890 brick fog signal building, 1901 oil house, storage building, boathouse.

Date Established: 1890

Date Present Tower Built: 1890

Date Automated: 1986

Optics: 1890: Fifth order Fresnel lens; now VRB-25, solar powered.

Fog Signal: 1890: Steam-driven fog signal ; backup: th1,200 pound fog bell and striking machinery; now automated horn with one blast every 15 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Great Duck Island is normally accessible by private boat only, but the Maine Audubon Society may run occasional birdwatching trips to the island; call (207) 781-2330 for information. Some of the whale watches from Bar Harbor pass near the light, but since the cruises go where the whales are, there's never a guarantee of a lighthouse sighting.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: William F. Stanley (1890-1909); Joseph M. Gray, assistant (1901-1905), then keeper (1909-?); A. H. Kennedy (c. 1935); Willis Dolliver, first assistant (1891-1894); John B. Thurston, second assistant (1891-1897); Edward Spurling, second assistant (1894-1898); Almon Mitchell, second assistant (1898-1899); Ephraim M. Johnson, second assistant (1899-1901); Elmer Reed, second assistant (c. 1901); Nathan A. Reed, second assistant 1902-1909, then first assistant 1909-Nov. 1911; Joseph M. Gray (assistant, 1899-1905; head keeper 1905-1917); Vinal O. Beal (1919-1921); Myrick Morrison (c. 1920); Leverett Stanley (1924-1940); W. L. Lockhart, assistant (c. 1935); Robert Thayer Sterling, assistant (c. 1930s); Eldon Cheney (c. 1939); James Freeman, (Coast Guard,1940-?); Richard Schwartz (Coast Guard c. 1955); Todd Osier (Coast Guard BM2, officer in charge 1958-1959); Robert Lundberg (Coast Guard EN2 1958-1959); Larry Baum, (Coast Guard c. 1970s); Phil Dobbins (Coast Guard BM1, Officer in Charge c. mid-1970s); Rob Derrick (Coast Guard MK3, 1975-1976); Dennis Womack (Coast Guard MK1, c. mid-1970s); Ken Safford (Coast Guard, c. mid-1970s); Robert (Bob) Le Royer (Coast Guard Executive Petty Officer, February-November 1977); Duncan W. Grant (Coast Guard c. 1980s); Michael Notigan (Coast Guard c. 1980s); Bruce Reiner (Coast Guard c. 1980s); Rodney Metters (Coast Guard c. 1980s); Dan Inghram (Coast Guard, 1983); Donald Parker (Coast Guard BM1, Officer in Charge (?-12/1986); Richard Clark (Coast Guard MK3, ?-1986), Matthew Asselin (Coast Guard ET3, ?-12/1986)

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