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Mount Desert, Maine – Mount Desert Rock Light

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The Mount Desert Rock Light is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles south of Mount Desert Island at the entrance to the Frenchman and Blue Hill Bays. On March 2, 1829, Congress gave $5,000 for the construction of a lighthouse on Mount Desert Rock; it was officially lit on August 25, 1830. The first Mount Desert Rock Light was a modest, wooden structure; regardless, it survived many storms before being replaced by a more substantial 58-foot granite tower in 1847. The Mount Desert Rock Light was further altered in 1858 when a new lantern and a third-order Fresnel lens were installed.

This information has been shared with the Lane project by Jeremy D'Entremont. More information can be found at his website, and in The Lighthouse Handbook New England.

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1860 Expense Account 4.4.1860
Samuel Sawyer
Samuel Sawyer Papers
Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives
Archive Collection exp020

"Marine View Mt. Desert Light Lane $41.00"

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Mount Desert Rock Lighthouse
National Archives
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Mt. Desert Rock
N. L. Stebbins

From The Illustrated Coast Pilot with sailing directions. The Coast of New England from New York to Eastport, Maine including Bays and Harbors, published by N. L. Stebbins, Boston, Mass.

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