Mount Desert Light, Mount Desert Rock, 18 miles south of Mount Desert Island, Maine
Originially built in 1830, with a new (the current structure) building erected in 1847.
MOUNT DESERT ROCK LIGHT
MOUNT DESERT ROCK LIGHT
SOUTH OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
Station Established: 1830
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1847
Automated? YES 1977
Foundation Materials: SURFACE ROCK
Construction Materials: GRANITE BLOCKS
Tower Shape: CONICAL
Markings/Pattern: NATURAL W/BLACK LANTERN
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1858
- 1830 – Original lighthouse, lantern on top of keeper’s house, built.
- 1847 – Conical tower built for $10,000.
- 1858 – New lantern installed on tower and 3rd order Fresnel lens installed. Bell tower built and fog bell installed.
- 1876 – New Keeper’s house built.
- 1877 – Larger bell and bell tower installed.
- 1889 – Fog bell replaced by steam whistle.
- 1891 – Fog signal building built.
- 1893 – New keeper’s house built.
- 1902 – Tug boat Astral ran aground in the fog. All but one of the crew rescued by keeper and his wife.
- 1931 – Generators installed to provide electricity.
- 1962 – Hurricane Daisy blew through and swept two empty 1500-gallon fuel tanks, a paint locker, concrete walkway and the covered walkway between the tower and keeper’s house into the sea.
c. mid-1970s – Fresnel lens replaced by aero-beacons, lantern removed.
- 1977 – Light automated
- 1985 – New lantern put on.
- Esais Preble (1833-1835)
- William Preble (assistant, 1833-1835)
- Benjamin Ward Jr. (1841-?)
- Jacob L. Richardson (1848-1850)
- David King (1850-1853)
- Rufus King (1853-1859)
- William H. Ward (assistant, 1855-1858)
- John Dolliver Jr. (assistant, 1858-1859)
- George Booth (1859-1860)
- B. Thurber (assistant, 1859-1864)
- Joseph Hopkins (1860-1861)
- William E. Holden (1861-1864)
- Seth H. Higgins (assistant 1864-1865, principal keeper 1865-1867)
- David Rollins (assistant, 1865-1867)
- Dan Ladd (assistant, 1865)
- J. A. Williken (1867-1868)
- William Gilley (assistant, 1867)
- Dan B. Eaton (assistant, 1867-1871)
- Otis W. Kent (1868-1872)
- Perry W. Richardson (assistant, 1868-1870 and 1871-1872)
- Amos B. Newman (assistant, 1870-1872, principal keeper 1872-1881)
- Mark W. Hodgson (assistant, 1872-1882)
- William P. Sawyer (second assistant 1872-1878)
- James A. Morris (assistant, 1874-1876)
- Frank Collins (assistant, 1876-1877)
- Howard P. Robbins (second assistant 1878-1882)
- James A. Morris (1881-1882)
- Thomas R. Milan (1882-1902)
- William Stanley (assistant 1882-1883)
- Benjamin Maddox (assistant, 1883-1888)
- Howard M. Gilley (second assistant 1883-1887)
- Lewis F. Sawyer (second assistant 1887-1888, first assistant 1888-1889)
- Willis Dolliver (second assistant 1887-1890, first assistant 1890-1891)
- William J, Newman (second assistant 1890, first assistant 1890)
- Thomas R. Savage (second assistant 1891-1892)
- Orrin L. Milan (second assistant 1892-1895, first assistant 1895-1897)
- Charles Thurston (second assistant 1895-1897, first assistant (1897-1899)
- Fred M. Robbins (second assistant 1898-1899, first assistant 1899-1902, principal keeper (1902-1911)
- Joseph M. Gray (assistant, c. 1900)
- Bert Richard (assistant, c. 1901)
- Herbert P. Richardson (second assistant c. 1902)
- Charles H. Newman (assistant, c. 1902-1908)
- William H. C. Dodge (second assistant c. 1902-1908)
- Vinal O. Beal (second assistant 1909-1910, first assistant 1910-1911, principal keeper 1911-1918)
- W. P. Kent (assistant, 1909-1910)
- Wilbert F. Lurney (second assistant 1910, first assistant 1911-unknown)
- Charles A. Radley (second assistant 1911-unknown);
- Arthur Edward Ginn (c. 1918-early 1920s)
- George York (1928-1936)
- Robert G. Wass (c. 1930s)
- Everett Quinn (assistant c. 1935)
- H. C. Day (assistant c. 1935).
- Ralph Demons (c. 1950)
Researched and written by Marie Vincent, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.