Monday, March 2, 2009

Rockland Harbor Breakwater Lighthouse


In 1881, the city of Rockland Maine spent a princely sum, $750,000, to make a 4300 foot breakwater to protect their harbor from the Nor'easters that define central Maine winters. Eighteen years and 732,777 tons of granite later, the light turned on at the Lighthouse.

On Saturday afternoon, I made the 7/8 of mile walk out to the lighthouse with my roommate Nick to see the regional landmark.

The lighthouse is stunning; Brick on one side, iconic New England farm house on the other.

After half an hour of taking photographs and taking in the scenery, the elements drove us back to mainland.

Needless to say, it was beautiful.

As the white light house blended into the Maine landscape on the long walk back, I started awkwardly singing the Talking Heads song, Road to Nowhere.


It was a one of my best outings in Maine.

Here are some more links,
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light (Wiki),
Nor'easter (Wiki),
Rockland Lighthouse (Picasa).

2 comments:

componentsofenthusiasm said...

Nice post, Foster. Gotta say this isn't the stereotypical lighthouse I envision, but it's great to see that not all lighthouses are the same. Love the history behind this structure. Keep up the good work.

Foster Huntington said...

Thanks Paul, thats what i like about this light house, its very unique. Special if you will.
Foster