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Cuckolds Lighthouse

Cuckolds lighthouse

Newagen, Maine
Built in 1892

 

Location:

About a mile off the tip of Southport Island marking the entrance to Boothbay Harbor. Can be seen at a distance off Route 238 at the end of Landing Road from Newagen boat dock. Best viewed by boat.

Latitude: 43° 46' 8" N
Longitude: 69° 39' 00" W

Historic Stories:

Boothbay Harbor had very heavy traffic entering and exiting its waters, and the rock island the lighthouse presently sits on was quite a serious threat to mariners. Originally established and constructed as a steam driven fog signal house in 1892, shipwrecks continued to occur in the area and mariners petitioned the government to install a lighthouse.

On a bitterly cold night In January 1896, Cuckolds fog signal keepers Edward H. Pierce and Clarence Marr rescued six crewmen from the Canadian schooner Aurora with the help of two lobstermen from Cape Newagen. The rescuers were awarded silver watches by the Canadian government for their heroism. The awards however, took over four years to be accepted by Washington before they could be presented to the keepers.

In 1907 a light tower was added on top of the house, creating its very unique shape observed for nearly 100 years. It was one of the last lighthouses to be built along the Maine coast.

older version of Cuckolds light before remodeling

In September of 1925, Keeper Fred Robinson saved several persons from a motorboat, which had broken down and was drifting rapidly out to sea.

On the 27th and 28th of January, in 1933, a mighty nor’easter, named afterwards as the “Great Gale” swept over the lighthouse station and island, destroying the radio which cut all communications with the mainland. The storm lasted over two days washing away the back porch, breaking most of the windows, smashing through the wall to the dining room, and flooding the rooms all day with seawater. Most of keeper Harold Seavey’s belongings were destroyed. Luckily he was reimbursed fully by the Department of Commerce.

In April of 2006, the organization, Cuckolds Island Fog Signal and Light Station, was awarded the deed to the lighthouse under the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

newly remodeled Cuckolds light To help with maintenance costs, the lighthouse has been rebuilt and the keeper’s quarters remodeled to accommodate overnight guests.

The renovated keeper’s dwelling is now called the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse. The lighthouse itself was also remodeled, but on July 2019, the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse was closed (hopefully only temporarilly) to guests as more funds and training are needed.

 

 

Places to Visit Nearby:

Driving along Route 27 or Route 96 over the island around Southport, you’ll find one of only two of Maine’s swinging truss bridges, which swing open sideways for boat crossings. boothbay swing bridge

The Hendricks Hill Museum features an 1810 house with eight rooms of antique furniture. At the Southport Fire Station, you’ll find a replica of a small lighthouse tower on top.

grounds of Maine Maritime Museum The Maine Maritime Museum offers lighthouse tours and preserves many of Maine’s maritime artifacts and archives since 1607.

Tours out of Boothbay Harbor pass by the lighthouse for closer views. At the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, you can also take Sheepscot River Cruises for a cruise along the river waterways on board the first and only fully electric U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel in Maine, the Beagle.

At the town landing dock at Newagen, you can put in to boat or kayak around the area.

 

Driving Directions for a Distant View

 

Contact Info: The Inn is Temporarilly Closed

Boothbay Harbor’s Offshore Inn & Historic Light Station
Cuckolds Light Station, PO Box 117, Southport, ME. 04576
Phone: (855) 212-5252
Email: keepers@innatcuckoldslighthouse.com

 

 

Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises mentioned below may offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some may pass by Cuckolds Lighthouse as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions.

 

Maine Maritime Museum
Frequent lighthouse tours along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 443-1316
Fax: (207) 443-1665

 

 

Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Cruises
Includes lighthouses along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
(207)-633-3244
(207)-633-2626
Or toll free 1-800-636-3244

 

 

River Run Tours
Chartered pontoon boat for lighthouse excursions with a few passenger in a relaxed atmosphere.
River Run Tours, Inc.
28 Walnut Point
Woolwich, Maine 04578
(207) 504-BOAT(2628)

 

 

Hay Val Charters
Tours of Boothbay region including lighthouse tours
(207) 633-2039
(207) 319-8123
parthill@midcoast.com

 

 

 

My 300-page book (with over 360 images), Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, published by Schiffer Publishing, provides human interest stories from each of the 76 lighthouses, along with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon, and contact info to plan your special trips.

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