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Narragaugus
(Pond Island) Lighthouse

Milbridge, Maine
Built in 1853



 


Location:

On Pond Island, near the entrance to Milbridge Harbor. Private residence.

Latitude: 44° 27' 19" N
Longitude: 67° 50' 00" W

 

Historic Stories:

Narragaugus (Pond island) Lighthouse was built in 1853 to accommodate the shipping traffic, of predominantly lumber, from the Narragaugus River into the harbor by Milbridge. Keeper’s had to walk a half-mile from shore to reach the lighthouse.



Earliest Vintage Image Narragaugus Light
Courtesy US Coast Guard


On August 4, 1929, when the Schooner Valdare shipwrecked on Petit Manan Bar nearby, the Keepers of Petit Manan lighthouse found the crew and officers had all safely made it to nearby Narragaugus Lighthouse in a rowboat where they were cared for by Keeper Charles Tracey for nearly two weeks to regain their strength. He and the Keepers at Petit Manan received a letter of thanks from the British Counsel after the crew had arrived safely back in Nova Scotia.

 

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Places to Visit:

Milbridge offers 75 miles of coastline with spectacular views of the Narraguagus River and the Gulf of Maine. Milbridge's historical museum of local history provides insight to this town of shipbuilders. Take a picnic down to McClellan Park and enjoy the ocean views, or stroll along the river through Riverside Park or go fishing.

The Petit Manan National Wildlife Sanctuary is now renamed as part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Refuige Complex is less than a half-hour from Milbridge, with its nesting area serving over 300 species of birds.

You can visit the Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge year round as long as you can gain access to a personal boat.

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission lists twenty-eight prehistoric archaeological sites along the Addison coastline. You may have an opportunity to visit some of these sites by getting their permission.

 


 

 

 

Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. They pass by Narragaugus Lighthouse during lighthouse cruises, as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, fishing tours and other types of excursions.

 

Robertson Sea Tours
Lighthouse cruises and nature trips along the shores of downeast Maine and Schoodic Peninsula area aboard a classic downeast lobster boat. Special lighthouse cruise covers Narraguagus (Pond Island) Light, Nash Island Light, and Petit Manan Light, along with natural wonders and hauling up a lobster trap.
Contact: Captain Jamie Robertson
Home Phone: (207) 483-6110 or Cell: (207) 461-7439
Email:  info@robertsonseatours.com

 

 

Downeast Coastal Cruises
Various cruises include a three lighthouse cruise, a puffin bird cruise, lobster feast, and Bar Harbor cruises.
Captain Harry Shinn
Phone: (207) 546-7720 or (207) 598-7740 - cell
E-mail: downeastcc@yahoo.com

 

 

Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours
Very specific boat tours you can enjoy with a minimum of passengers. Provides various lighthouse tour packages to visit up to 12 lighthouses in the Mount Desert/Acadia Regions.
Capt. Winston Shaw
Phone: (207) 288-3355
Bar Harbor, Maine
Email: info@svBoatTours.com

 

 

 

My 300-page book (with over 360 images), Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, provides human interest stories from each of the 76 lighthouses, along with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon.

Take a look inside!

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