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The Head Light

Karol Livote

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Monroe, CT - United States

Thanks for the features int he A place for all group, the Beautiful scenerey groupa nd the All things atlantic coast group

Monroe, CT - United States

Thanks, Jack!

Monroe, CT - United States

Appreciate it so much Nadine & Bob!

Monroe, CT - United States

Thnaks for the features int he A Place for all group, Beautiful scenery and the All things atlantic group!

Sussex, WI - United States

A great time of day for an exceptional capture;) v/f

Cedar Hill, TX - United States

Beautiful work.

Kenosha, wi - United States

Fabulous capture....v.f.p

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Thanks Kay

Loveland, CO - United States

Great shot Karol! v

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Thanks, Jon

Cottonwood, Ar - United States

Head Light is one of my favorite places, he kept us from him was the same viewpoint that I have taken photographs from and included about the same amount.. . . Thank you for submitting this, Great texture, composition, and color, Published in the Internet publication ARTISTS NEWS.... - Anyone can Highlight just the link ---- Use Ctl-C to copy and Ctl-V ---- puts it in Browser to view the publication. You can then, Tweet, FB, and email, etc a copy of the publication, to those you feel are interested.

Schoeppingen, No - Germany

So peaceful and lovely! I love it, Karol! v/f

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Thanks,, Sandra

Monroe, CT - United States

Thank you Gynt for the feature int he Greetings and Posters group

Monroe, CT - United States

Thanky ou Darren for the feature int he 3 a day waiting room group

Monroe, CT - United States

Thank you Darren for the feature int he 3 a day greeting card group

Monroe, CT - United States

Thank you Anastasia for the feature int he Photos RUs group

Monroe, CT - United States

Thank you Nadine & Bob for hte feature int he All Landscape and scenery group

Monroe, CT - United States

Thank you Dennis, for the feature in the Photography Fine ARt group

Monroe, CT - United States

Thanky ou Gina for the feature in the Expression of LIght Mood Group

Sparta - Greece

Absolutely amazing!!!!!

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Thank you, Katerina

Singapore, SG - Singapore

Nice! v/

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Thank you, Imran

Denton, TX - United States

Hi Karol, Very nice capture. F/V Ruth

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Many thanks, Ruth

Olympia, WA - United States

Beautiful scene and sky! I really like that rock formation. v

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Appreciate it, Patricia

Spring Glen, NY - United States

Gorgeous sky from this angle! f/v

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Many thanks, Pamela

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The Head Light (from
Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light. Situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, at 1000 Shore Road, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

The Museum at Portland Head Light is contained within the former Keepers' Quarters. The award winning Museum contains a number of lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays.

Also on the site is a seasonal shop featuring fine lighthouse and Maine related gifts.

The adjacent ninety acre Fort Williams Park offers picnic facilities, hiking opportunities, sports and recreation areas, historic fort structures, and unlimited ocean views.

(Excerpted from the Museum Guidebook, compiled by Kathleen Rummler)

Portland Head has long protected Portland and the adjacent area. Cape Elizabeth residents were deeply committed to American independence from British rule. In 1776, the new Town of Cape Elizabeth posted a guard of eight soldiers at Portland Head to warn citizens of coming British attacks.

In 1787, the General Court of Massachusetts (the Massachusetts legislature) provided $750 to begin construction of a lighthouse. In 1790, when the United States Government took over the responsibility of all lighthouses, Congress appropriated $1,500 for its completion. The original tower measured 72' from base to lantern deck and was lit with 16 whale oil lamps. It was first lit on January 10, 1791.

Construction of the first Keeper's Quarters began in 1790 as the result of a contract signed by Massachusetts Governor John Hancock. A one story dwelling built to replace the first keeper's house was erected in 1816. It measured 34' x 20' with two rooms, a cellar and a porch in the rear.

By 1864 a 4th order Fresnel lens and a cast iron staircase were installed.

By 1865, the tower was raised 20' and a 2nd order Fresnel lens was installed. A portion of this lens may now be seen at the Museum at Portland Head Light. Except for a period between1883 and1885, this lens was in the lighthouse until 1958.

Late on Christmas Eve in 1886, the three masted bark Annie C. Maguire struck the ledge at Portland Head. Keeper Joshua Strout, his son, wife, and volunteers rigged an ordinary ladder as a gangplank between the shore and the ledge the ship was heeled against. Captain O'Neil, the ship's master, his wife, two mates, and the nine man crew clambered onto the ledge and then to safety . The cause of the wreck is puzzling since visibility was not a problem. Members of the crew reported they "plainly saw Portland Light before the disaster and are unable to account for same."

The current Keepers' Quarters building was constructed in 1891 as a two story duplex. Until 1989, it was home to the head and assistant lighthouse keepers and their families.

Portland Head Light was the responsibility of the United States Department of the Treasury from 1790 to 1852 when management was transferred to the US Lighthouse Board. The Board was reorganized into the Bureau of Lighthouses in 1910. In 1939, aids to navigation became the responsibility of the United States Coast Guard. On August 7th, 1989, Petty Officer Davis Simpson struck the US flag for the last time at the decommissioning ceremony recognizing the automation of the lighthouse. The property was leased in 1990 to the Town of Cape Elizabeth. Three years later, through the efforts of United States Senator George Mitchell, the property was deeded to the Town. The United States Coast Guard maintains the actual light and the fog signal, but the remainder of the property is managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth.


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