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Ram Island Ledge Light, Portland

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#6 of 6 in Historic Sites in Portland
Ram Island Ledge Light is a lighthouse in Casco Bay, Maine, United States, marking the northern end of the main channel leading the harbor of Portland, Maine.HistoryThe Ram Island Ledges are a series of stone ledges, some of which break the waters at the southern end of Casco Bay, a short way south of Cushing Island. In 1855 an iron spindle was erected to protect sailors from these dangerous underwater ledges. The ledge continued to be the site of repeated shipwrecks. On February 24, 1900 the Allan Line steamship Californian (formerly named the State of California) ran aground on the ledge while en route from Portland to Glasgow, Scotland via Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a result of that accident, the United States Congress appropriated funds to build a lighthouse.Construction began on May 1, 1903 and was completed in 1905. It is a twin of the Graves Light off Boston. The lighthouse was built of granite quarried from Vinalhaven, Maine. The lighthouse originally included a third-order Fresnel lens. The lighthouse was electrified in 1958, and then automated in 1959. The light was converted to solar power in January 2001. The Ram Island Ledge Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Ram Island Ledge Light Station on March 14, 1988, reference number 88000157.
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  • I have paddled out to the Ram Island Ledge Light twice - in 2018 and in 2019. It is different at every tide, every weather situation - just a mesmerizing little slice of the world out in the ocean. Pa...  more »
  • Ram Island Ledge Light can be seen from Portland Head Light at Fort Wililams Park. Built in 1905, automated in 1959, and converted to solar power in 2001, it's an iconic 90-ft granite lighthouse on a ...  more »
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  • Hope you like this shot, taken from Fort Williams (Portland Head lighthouse) about 1.5 miles away on a sub-zero winter morning, Dec 2017. The mist is sea smoke... Makes the Ram Island light seem even more eerie and isolated.
  • we saw this at the cape Elizabeth lighthouse

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