Burnt Island Lighthouse~Burnt Island is a beautiful five-acre island owned by the Maine Department of Marine Resources. It is near the mainland and approximately one mile from the port of Boothbay Harbor. The historic buildings at this active lighthouse station have been carefully restored and transformed into an exceptionally fine educational facility.
November 29, 1875 – “Heavy gale of wind with snow squalls from the northwest came on early in the morning. Wind continues blowing fearfully all through the night and very cold. Much vapor flying. Schooner James Somes of Portland while trying to work into the harbor under very short sail was capsized between the light and Tumbler Island and sank in ten fathoms of water. The captain was drowned, the rest, four in number, were saved by boats coming from the windward. Could not board her from…
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Burnt Island ME The acreage where the lighthouse was to be constructed was already cleared as sheep farmers regularly set the island afire to improve grazing, a practice that gave Burnt Island its name. Four months after the island was acquired, the Burnt Island Lighthouse, Maine’s ninth, was complete. The nearby sister lights of Ram Island and the Cuckolds were not built until 1883 and 1907