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Hendricks Head Light

 
Location: on Sheepscot Bay near West Southport, ME

Local Marine Forecast.


Small Craft Advisory For Hazardous Seas is in effect until August 17 at 2:00PM EDT by NWS
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 PM EDT THURSDAY... * SEAS...3 TO 6 FEET.

About Hendricks Head Light

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The location of the light is on Sheepscot Bay. The nearest city is West Southport, ME. The station was first established in 1829. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1875.

The lighthouse is a white square tower.

The tower has a fixed white light at a focal plane height of 43 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 9 nautical miles. The tower height is 43 ft.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 1-5665 (U.S.)

Red from 180 to 000. Red range 7 nautical miles.

The Hendricks Head Light Station was commissioned in 1829 on a wind-swept point on Southport Island. The rocky promontory overlooks the mouth of the Sheepscot River and the Atlantic Ocean near the Cuckolds Light. The site was perfectly located to allow the meager power of the first whale oil-fired light to define a safe course through the many sunken ledges that had taken the lives of so many bold mariners as they attempted to enter the broad mouth of the Sheepscot River from the open Atlantic Ocean. In 1875, the present 40-foot-high brick lighthouse tower and a separate wooden keeper's house were constructed to replace the original structure. In 1890, a fog bell tower was erected and the Station was eventually comprised of the light tower, keeper's quarters, the bell tower, a boathouse, a whale oil storage house and a barn, which supported the spar for the Station's Stars and Stripes.

Hendricks Head Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 20, 1987, reference number 87002024.

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