Franklin Light Preservation, Inc.
Franklin Island Light is the third oldest lighthouse station in Maine. A light was established in 1805, although the first tower wasn't completed until 1807. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages Franklin Island, but a group called Franklin Light Preservation, Inc., has a license from the Coast Guard to care for the lighthouse.
Tower Height: 45
Height of Focal Plane: 57
Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every six seconds.
Description of Tower: White cylindrical brick tower with black and red cast iron lantern.
This light is operational
1895 oil house.
1807: stone [?] tower.
Date Established: 1805
Date Present Tower Built: 1855
Date Automated: c. 1933
Optics: 1855: Fourth order Fresnel lens (now at Coast Guard station in Boothbay Harbor, ME).
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
This lighthouse is best seen by boat. Hardy Boat Cruises in New Harbor offers a Fall Coastal Cruise that includes a distant view of Franklin Island Light. Call (207) 677-2026 or (800) 2-PUFFIN for more information.
Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!
Keepers: Thomas Hanna (1830-1841), James Tolman Hanna (1841-1844), Willam Jameson (c. 1845), Edward Thomas (c. 1845), William Blasdel (1850-1854), Peter Williams (1855), James W. Farrow (1859-1871), Charles A. Dolliver (1871-1884), Frank W. Whitney (1884-1888), George D. Pottle (1888-1900), Edward T. Spurling (1900-1911), Eugene N. Larrabee (1911), Almon Mitchell (1911-1913), Albert J. Clinch (1913-1918), Vinal O. Beal (1918-1919), Roscoe Chandler (1919-1924), George Woodward (1924-1926), Charles N. Robinson (1926-1933).