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Ram Island lighthouse

Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Built in 1883



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.

early Ram Island light

Early Ram Island Light
Courtesy US Coast Guard

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

During the local fear of German U-boats in World War II, in early 1945, newly employed keeper Ralph Norwood was rowing to the mainland with his two sons when he was greeted by men on the shore armed with loaded shotguns. Turned out a nervous local had observed the rowboat and did not recognize the keeper and his sons, so she called the police and FBI to report that German spies were coming ashore.

Ram Island light with no walkway

The light was automated in 1965 but fierce storms over the years would destroy the walkway again.

In late 2002, the Ram Island Preservation Society restored the house and reconstructed the walkway from the shore to the lighthouse tower.

Ram Island light with walkway



Places to Visit Nearby:

There are various tours that pass by the lighthouse 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. Boothbay Harbor boats

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.

Ram Island Light can be viewed from a short distance off scenic Ocean Point from Route 27.

Throughout the Boothbay region penninsula, you'll find more than 30 miles of trails that include woodlands, wetlands, salt marshes, islands, and historical sites.


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 the shoreline with Ram Island Lighthouse a short distant view away.


Contact Info:
Ram Island Preservation Society

P.O. Box 123
Boothbay, Maine 04537


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.

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
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)


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


Hardy Boat Cruises
They provide ferry services out to Monhegan Island. They provide a special July 4th fireworks cruise than includes views of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Ram Island Lighthouse. They offer a puffin cruise, and a nature and seal watching cruise that includes going out to Franklin Island Lighthouse.

PO Box 326
New harbor, Maine 04554
(207) 677-2026


Maine Experience Guide Service
For those who prefer private chartered tours, join Captain Jay Farris and his crew as they provide personal lighthouse tours to view up to eleven lighthouses in the Boothbay region and along the Kennebec River. There is also an extended tour of eleven lighthouses, where you can view Ram Island Light. You can view these beacons by boat, or hike to some. Take one of these narrated tours and you may be observe seals, porpoises, and other marine life around fishing villages and some coastal islands.

Captain Jay Farris
23 Commercial St.
Bath ME 04530
Phone: (207) 215-3828


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