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Goose Rocks Lighthouse

Goose Rocks lighthouse

Vinalhaven, Maine
Built in 1890


The lighthouse marks the eastern entrance of the Fox Islands Thorofare in Penobscot Bay. It is a short distance offshore from the northeastern corner of the of Vinalhaven Island.

Latitude: 44° 08' 08" N
Longitude: 68° 49' 50" W


Historic Stories:

Goose Rocks lighthouse, known as a spark plug type lighthouse was built at the entrance to the Fox Islands Thoroughfare, which became a busy waterway for shipping traffic and mariners between Vinalhaven Island and North Haven Island.

The lighthouse tower is comprised of three stories inside, and originally had a fourth-order Fresnel lens and was painted red until 1903.

Myrick Morrison from North Haven, was Keeper at the light from 1920 to 1938, and had more than his fair share of family tragedies. His wife Eva died in 1928, Harold, the youngest son, died in the sinking of a Japanese prison ship in WWII, and another son, Norman, drowned in a fishing accident.

The light was automated in 1963. After automation, some of the locals were employed for a number of years to control the fog signal at the lighthouse and were called "lamplighters".

The Coast Guard transferred ownership to the Beacon Preservation, Inc., from Connecticut, in November 2006. During the summer months visitors can stay overnight as temporary keepers of the light.



Places to Visit Nearby:

Vinalhaven Island is a large quiet island, predominantly a fishing community that offers plenty of small beaches to relax at. There are plenty of places to hike and picnic along Lane’s Island Preserve, along with various small parks around the island to explore.

For sailing excursions, Blue Yonder Sail Charters provide trips on a 40-foot sloop, the Tammy Norie, around the Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands and around Penobscot Bay.


Stay Overnight at Goose Rocks Lighthouse

For those that want to experience a simple existence of peaceful solitude just as the lighthouse keepers did in the past, Goose Rocks Light can accommodate up to six guests (two bedrooms and one bunkroom) for an all-day or overnight visit with a minimum contribution towards its ongoing maintenance and restoration efforts.

Access to Goose Rocks includes real risks, and a safe and enjoyable visit is always dependent on guests' physical and mental ability to climb a vertical ladder (from a boat) to the catwalk for initial access, as keepers did many years ago. Visitors are responsible for their own food and provisions. Pick up is at the North Haven Town Dock (right next to the ferry docking station at the terminal) at a pre-set time. Contact the Beacon Preservation Inc. below for more info.


Contact Info:
Beacon Preservation, Inc.
179 Main Street
North Haven, ME 04853
Phone: (207) 867-474


Local Boat Tour

Isle au Haut Boat Company
They provide daily mail boat trips to the island of Isle au Haut in the summer season. They also offer a special annual 4-5 hour cruise during Maine's lighthouse weekend in September to see up to six lighthouses on Saturday: Isle au Haut Light, Deer Isle Thorofare Light, Goose Rocks Light, Brown's Head Light, Heron Neck Light, and if weather permits, Saddleback Ledge Light.

Isle au Haut Boat Services
P.O. Box 709
Stonington, ME 04681
Tel. (207) 367-5193




Scenic Flights

Penobscot Island Air
Chartering a variety of lighthouse viewing flights.
Knox County Regional Airport
Owls Head ME 04854
Phone: (207) 596-7500
Cellular: (207) 542-4944
Fax: (207) 596-6870


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