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Ram Island Lighthouse

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Built in 1883


 

Location:

On Ram Island, just outside of Boothbay Harbor. Access to the island by the public is closed.

Latitude: 43° 48' 14" N
Longitude: 69° 35' 58" W

 

Historic Stories:

Years before the lighthouse was built, a local lobsterman and three local fisherman after him at various self appointments in the 1800’s, took it upon themselves to tend a series of home built lanterns that they would set up on the island to emit a strong continuous light source for mariners. When the fourth man stopped tending the lantern, there were many stories of ghosts being seen on the island for years afterwards. Shipwrecks would still occur and many petitions were filed for a lighthouse. Finally after many shipwrecks occurring on or near the island, in 1883, the Ram Island lighthouse and keeper’s house was built.

In 1903 a boat ran into the walkway leading to the lighthouse and destroyed it. It was soon rebuilt afterwards.

The light was automated in 1965 but fierce storms over the years would destroy the walkway again and cause much need for repair. In late 2002, the Ram Island Preservation Society restored the house and reconstructed the walkway from the shore to the lighthouse tower.

 

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Places to Visit Nearby:

There are various tours that pass by the lighthouse offered by Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Cruises and Hay Val Charters among others out of Boothbay harbor. The Maine Maritime Museum also provides tours out of Bath to the area.

Boothbay Harbor was originally a fishing and shipbuilding village, and it still operates the same way today. Many tours out of Boothbay Harbor pass by the lighthouse. If you look around you'll find lots of tiny places like small eateries, coffee shops, etc, that look like you're visiting someone's home to enjoy great food and company

You can reach Boothbay Harbor along Route 27 from Route 1. Take a left on Route 96 from Route 27 in Boothbay and follow it for about 10 miles to the end and you'll be treated to a special area referred to as Ocean Point, where you'll find yourself driving along the edge of where surf meets rocks along the shoreline. You can see Ram Island Light about a mile off shore for some nice photos of the lighthouse there as well (see below).

 

Driving Directions for a Distant View

You can reach Boothbay Harbor along Route 27 from Route 1. Take a left on Route 96 from Route 27 in Boothbay and follow it for about 10 miles to the end and you'll be treated to a special area referred to as Ocean Point, where you'll find yourself driving along the edge of where surf meets rocks along the shoreline.

 

Contact Info:
Ram Island Preservation Society

P.O. Box 123
Boothbay, Maine 04537
(207) 633-4727


 

Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. All offer specific lighthouse cruises that pass by Ram Island Lighthouse, and may also pass by the lighthouse during, narrated wildlife and historic tours, whale watching adventures, fishing tours, and other types of excursions. Weather is also a major factor in New England, especially on sailing excursions.

Maine Maritime Museum
Frequent lighthouse tours along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 443-1316
Fax: (207) 443-1665

 

 

Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Cruises
Includes lighthouses along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
(207)-633-3244
(207)-633-2626
Or toll free 1-800-636-3244

 

 

River Run Tours
Chartered pontoon boat for all kinds of lighthouse excursions.
River Run Tours, Inc.
28 Walnut Point
Woolwich, Maine 04578
(207) 504-BOAT(2628)

 

 

Hay Val Charters
Tours of Boothbay region including lighthouse tours
(207) 633-2039
(207) 319-8123
parthill@midcoast.com

 

 

Balmy Days Cruises
Offers special lighthouse tours. Provides special 3-hr lighthouse tour to Burnt Island, including inside Burnt island lighthouse. Special cruise to Monhegan Island as well.
Pier 8
42 Commercial St.
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
(207) 633-2284 or
(800) 298-2284
info@balmydayscruises.com

 

 

 

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