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Goose Rocks Lighthouse

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Vinalhaven, Maine
Built in 1890


Location:

Marking the eastern entrance of the Fox Islands Thorofare in Penobscot Bay, a short distance away from the northeast end of the island of Vinalhaven.

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.

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".

 

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Places to Visit Nearby:

Vinalhaven Island lies about 15 miles from the mainland and is the largest of the year round islands in Maine, with overnight accommodations for visitors.

For those that want to experience a simple existence of peaceful solitude just as the lighthouse keepers did in the past. Goose Rocks 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
E-mail: info@beaconpreservation.org


 

 

Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises and ferries mentioned below may offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises that may pass by Goose Rocks Light, some may offer narrated wildlife and historic tours, and ferrying passengers.

 

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures
Lighthouse cruises offered.
130 Settlement Road
Stonington, Maine 04681
Phone: (207) 367-8977
info@oldquarry.com

 

 

Maine State Ferry Service
Ferry to Matinicus Island, Vinalhaven, and Northhaven.
P.O. Box 645
517A Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841-0645
Phone:. (207) 596-2202
1-800-491-4883

Ferry from Lincolnville to Islesboro
P.O. Box 214
Lincolnville, Maine 04849-0214
Phone:. (207) 789-5611

 

 

 

Matinicus Excursions
Specializing in trips around Matinicus Island, including puffin trips to Matinicus Rock, leaving from Matinicus Island.
Journey's End Marina
120 Tillson Avenue
Rockland, Maine
Phone: (207) 691-9030 (cell phone with voice mail)
Email: gtarkleson@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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
 info@penobscotislandair.net

 

 

 

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 in these northern states, along with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon, and contact info to plan your special vacation.

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