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Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse

blue hill bay light

Brooklin, Maine
Built in 1857


Location:

The lighthouse is located on Green Island, which is on the western side of Mount Desert Island. Privately owned.

Latitude: 44° 14' 56" N
Longitude: 68° 29' 55" W

 

Historic Stories:

 

Lobstering Near Blue Hill Bay Light

Green Island needed a lighthouse with the increasing lumber trade from Ellsworth and to guide mariners between Penobscot Bay and Blue Hill Bay. Blue Hill Bay lighthouse, sometimes referred to as Sand Island Light, was built in 1857 on this low-lying strip of land and added a rather fancy keeper’s quarters with an attached barn, a boathouse, outhouse, oil house, and a huge rain-collecting cistern for fresh water.

Keeper Roscoe Chandler had two of his children, when they became young teenagers, attend his farm in nearby Monroe, and, would walk their cow from Monroe to the light station during low tide. They would stop at a local farm along the way and swap some of the cow’s milk for lodging and a meal. While tending to the lighthouse, Chandler developed a bad case of ulcers and required lots of fresh milk. Two cows were later purchased and brought to nearby Flye Island to provide milk for the keeper and his family. The cows could be walked between the two islands during low tide. Sometimes during thunderstorms, the bovines would go into the waters from Flye Island and swim towards the lighthouse station. Usually one of the family members had to go out in their boat to steer the animals back to the island to graze.

There were no phones on the island in the 1920s, so when the keeper was needed on shore, a designated local from the mainland would hang a black suit or dress outside their home as a signal.

The lighthouse was discontinued in 1933, and is a private residence. Today a solar powered skeletal tower operates nearby.

 

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Places to Visit Nearby:

Brooklin is a tiny remote village with one general store and great friendly people. You can go to Naskeag Point dock and wait for the lobster boats to come in around mid-afternoon and purchase live lobsters right off their boats. You may even be able to catch a ride out to the lighthouse with one of these fine folk (I did). There is also a public (free) beach at the point to relax at.

The lighthouse and grounds are not open to the public as it is privately owned, but the lighthouse can be viewed by boat. The Maine Environmental Research Institute offers an Eco-Cruise that passes by the lighthouse from Naskeag Point in Brooklin. This group provides lots of family tours to educate kids about marine life.

This lighthouse can also be viewed by air from the Bar Harbor Airport. Acadia Air offers flights over the island.

 

Directions to Naskeag Boat Dock:

 

 

Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises and windjammer sailing adventures may offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some may pass by Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse as part of sailing charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, fishing tours and other types of excursions.

 

Marine Environmental Research Institute
Provides educational eco-excursions that pass by the island.
55 Main Street
PO Box 1652
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Tel: 207-374-2135
Fax: 207-374-2931
Email: info@meriresearch.org

 

 

Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours
Very specific boat tours you can enjoy with a minimum of passengers.
Capt. Winston Shaw
Phone: (207) 288-3355
Bar Harbor, Maine
Email: info@svBoatTours.com

 

 

Schooner Mary Day
Windjammer sailing that included 4 and 6-day lighthouse cruises.
P.O. Box 798, Camden, Maine 04843
Phone: (800) 992-2218
captains@schoonermaryday.com

 

 

Schooner Lewis R. French
Oldest active schooner offering 3, 4, and 6-day sailing vacations along Maine’s coast.
PO Box 992
Camden ME 04843
Phone:1-800-469-4635
E-mail: captain@schoonerfrench.com

 

 

Sand Dollar Sailing
Provides charters and private instrcutions on Blue Hill Bay
17 Schooner Lane,
Brooklin, ME 04616
info@sanddollarsailingllc.com
Cell: 207-266-1686 | Office: 207-359-2114 |

 


Scenic Flights

 

Acadia Air
Lighthouse tour includes Schoodic Peninsula, the community of Winter Harbor, the Cranberry Islands, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor and four area lighthouses.
Bar Harbor Airport
Trenton, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 667-5534
E-mail: acadiaair@acadia.net

 

Island Soaring
Phone: (207) 667-SOAR
Email: info@islandsoaring.net

 

 

Scenic Flights of Acadia
Has special lighthouse cruises for visitors to have a unique aerial view of 6 beacons in the Acadia region, along with the landscape of Mount Desert Island of Acadia.

200 Main Street (ticket office)
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Phone: (207) 667-6527

1044 Bar Harbor Road | Route 3
Trenton, Maine 04605
Email: info@mainecoastalflight.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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