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Name: Burnt Coat Harbor Light   Map it!

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Also known as: Hockamock Head Light

Also known as: Swans Island Light

Nearest Town or City:
Swans Island, Maine, United States

Location: Hockamock Head, Swans Island, overlooking Burnt Coat Harbor.

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Managing Organization:
Town of Swans Island


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 11
Swans Island
Maine, 04685-0011, United States

There were originally range lights built in 1872; the present tower was the rear range light. The front range light was discontinued in 1884. In 1975 the light was moved to a skeleton tower; after complaints the lighthouse was relighted.

Tower Height: 32

Height of Focal Plane: 75

Characteristic and Range: Alternating four seconds white and four seconds darkness.

Description of Tower: Square white brick tower with black cast iron lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1872 1.5 story L-shaped Cape Cod style keeper's house, 1911 trapezoidal wood fog bell tower, 1895 brick oil house.

Date Established: 1872

Date Present Tower Built: 1872

Date Automated: 1975

Optics: 1872: Fourth order Fresnel lens; 1975: 250 mm.

Fog Signal: 1911: Fog bell; later fog horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Swans Island is accessible via a year round passenger/car ferry from Bass Harbor. Call (207) 244-3254 for information. There are as many as six trips daily. A map showing the lighthouse location is available from the ticket office in Bass Harbor.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Roscoe Chandler (c. 1935); John Kittila (c. 1950)


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