Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
May 31, 2014
Lighthouses Along the Shore

Credit: Jeffrey Unger

Pumpkin Light stands proud at the western entrance of the Eggemoggin Reach.

Along Maine’s rocky coast, there are more than 60 lighthouses that for decades have protected sailors and seaman with their guiding lights. For those looking to see a variety of Maine lighthouses, there is no better place to do so than from the deck of a windjammer.

Credit: Downeast Yacht Shots

The Victory Chimes rounds Rockland Breakwater Light during the Great Schooner Race.

When leaving Rockland Harbor, the first light you see is Rockland Breakwater Light, built in 1902 at the end of a mile long stone breakwater. Those leaving Camden Harbor will pass by Curtis Island Light, built in 1896, now home to nesting bald eagles.

As you cruise up the coast you might pass Fort Point Light near the mouth of the Penobscot River; Eagle Island, Pumpkin Island and Mark Island Lights near the shores of Deer Isle; Dice Head Light in Castine; or Hockamock Head Light on Swan’s Island.

Not only will you have the opportunity to sail by numerous lighthouses, but you may also get to row ashore for a close-up look at Maine’s historical beacons. Bring your cameras, your binoculars, and come aboard!

Most of the windjammers offer special Lighthouse Cruises that include more lighthouse sightings than usual. With 23 lighthouses right in our area, it’s likely that guests during a scheduled Lighthouse Cruise could see as many as 9 lighthouses in a single day! Visit our Fleet Page to learn more about Lighthouse Cruises.


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