Monday, July 10, 2017

Seguin Island Light Station

After a VERY calm night at Harpswell Harbor (with this view of the moon coming up), we left around 8:30 this morning and headed towards Seguin Island. Our plan was to stop there to see the lighthouse and meet the volunteer keepers; Tara and Brian.
Seguin Island is quite small and it has a tiny cove with a few moorings. We took a mooring, had lunch, and then paddled the dinghy ashore.

On our way up the path we saw lots of lobster pot buoys. They really are everywhere in Maine; in 30' of water, in 200' of water, close to shore, out 5 miles, in the channels, in the mooring fields, and even on shore!

We were greeted by Tara and Brian when we got to the lighthouse and Brian gave us the tour to the top. The lighthouse was built in 1857 and has a first-order Fresnel lens; thats the biggest one ever made. It was beautiful,  but we've seen another more beautiful lens in Oregon at the Umpqua River Lighthouse. Although it is only a third-order lens it has a red sequence so some of the glass is a gorgeous cranberry red.

Here's a photo I took of it back in 2009.

By 2:30 we were headed north and eventually picked up a Five Island Yacht Club mooring in Five Island Harbor. The harbor is very crowded with lobster boats, pleasure boats, and visiting cruisers, but it is one of those picturesque Maine harbors I've been searching for; granite ledges, pine trees, fishing boats, and yes, plenty of lobster pots.

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