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Lubec Channel Lighthouse

lubec channel light

Lubec, Maine
Built in 1889


Location:

Lubec Channel Light lies about a mile offshore off Route 189. Best viewed by boat.

Latitude: 44° 50' 31" N
Longitude: 67° 58' 36" W

 

Historic Stories:

Lubec Channel Lighthouse was built in 1889 to accommodate the shipping within Lubec Channel from its 20 sardine packing plants and other fishing industries. Its first Keeper was Frederick W. Morong, and its last Keeper was Earl Ashby in 1939. The 53-foot spark plug designed tower had 5 levels, two of which were Keepers’ living quarters.

In 1939, the last Assistant Keeper, Nathaniel Alley, was found by the Captain of the Grand Manann ferry overcome by gas from a coal stove. He was taken to Lubec for medical attention but later died from the accident.

In 1989, the lighthouse was going to be discontinued, but local residents were able to save the lighthouse by mounting a “Save the Sparkplug” campaign which included handing out automobile spark plugs to everyone to help petition to keep the lighthouse.

Vintage Image Lubec Channel
Courtesy US Coast Guard

The lighthouse had been setting at an angle for many years, and in 1992 as part of restoration efforts the base was rebuilt to straighten out the tower. The lighthouse was repainted in 2001, and today is privately owned.

 

 

Places to Visit Nearby:

Lubec is located on the banks of the St. Croix River near the United States and Canadian border. This former shipbuilding and sardine-packing town is the first town in the U.S. to see the sunrise. It has no shopping malls, fast food restaurants, of stoplights, only rugged natural beauty that hasn’t changed. This is truly a place to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors. The community consists of artists, a few specialty shops, and fishermen.

The lighthouse can be seen at a distance from various points along the shore and is best viewed by boat. Visit the Lubec Historical Society to see the 1000-pound fog bell that was once used at Lubec Channel Light.

Take some time and hike through the Quoddy State Park's miles of nature trails, over scenic coastal terrain. Many of these trails are used on what is known as the Quoddy Loop Trail System, which includes trails across the border onto Campobello Island in Canada. Lubec also offers three main conservation areas and preserves for hiking; the Boot Head Preserve, Hamilton Cove Preserve, and Western Head Preserve between Cutler and Lubec. There are plenty of historic and local tours available within the Lubec area and over the border. The organization Tours of Lubec and Cobscook offer a variety of tours in the area for visitors, and sometimes offer tours to Quoddy Head Lighthouse.

 

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Directions for a Distant View:

 

Contact Info:

United States Coast Guard SARDET Eastport
PO Box 280
Eastport, ME 04631
(207) 853-2845

Local Boat Tour

Downeast Charter Boat Tours
Offers whale watching on a 25' Northern Bay lobster boat and may pass by the Lubec lighthouses.
31 Johnson Street Lubec, ME 04652
(207) 733-2009

Lighthouses: West Quoddy Head Light, Lubec Channel Light

 

 

 

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