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The Front At Portland Head
Photograph - Epson Lustre Paper
Portland Head Light was lit on January 10, 1791 by keeper Joseph Greenleaf.
This light is probably the most visited and photographed light in New England. A number of ships lost their existence at or near this light over the years. Notably lost was the Bohemian bound from England in 1868 with over 200 passengers aboard. This vessel loaded with immigrants went into Alden�s rock a few miles south of the light. Advertised on the rocks to the right of the light in this image is a record of the loss of the Annie Maguire on Christmas Eve, 1886. This image typifies the rocky coast of Maine, the precarious perching of a number of the lighthouses in that state, and the risks the early mariners faced.
The image includes the Ram�s Island Ledge light in the distance and to the right of Portland Head. That Light, while deserted, serves as a lighthouse as well as significant day mark for Portland Harbor.
In the rededication of this landmark, Vice President George Bush said in July 1982: �Since its commission in 1790 by George Washington, Portland Head Light remains an enduring symbol of the rugged, solid characteristics of a magnificent coastline and proud people weathering the challenges of nature and time.�
December 18th, 2011
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