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Spring Point Ledge, Light house

Another lighthouse on this tour of three in Portland, Maine, USA. A longish run, skip and jump along this 900 metre breakwater after being warned that it was dangerous to walk on these slabs of natural stones. I took the risk after seeing quite a few families with young children also taking the same risk. Apparently, visitors can usually get inside and get the thrill of walking around the fenced verandas.

In the background we can see Fort Gorges built in 1858.

Built in 1898, Spring Point Ledge Light is a sparkplug lighthouse in Casco Bay, South Portland, that marks a dangerous reef on the west side of the main shipping channel into Portland Harbour. It is the only caisson-style light station in the United States. Visitors can walk to it, thanks to the breakwater built by the Army Corps of Engineer in 1950. It is still an active navigational aid, and was automated in the 20th century.

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29 comments

Anton Cruz Carro said:

A lighthouse powered by solar panels? A very well documented place on your part. One of the lighthouses in my town is similar to this one. Kind regards, Anton.
3 months ago

Herb Riddle replied to Anton Cruz Carro:

Yes it looked that way Anton. Very happy that you liked this one. You will have to show us your town lighthouse then too.

Best Wishes. Herb
3 months ago

Nick Weall said:

Nicely composed Herb and thanks for the info ~~
3 months ago

Herb Riddle replied to Nick Weall:

Always my pleasure to furnish you with my pictures and info Nick.

Cheers. Herb
3 months ago

gezginruh said:

A nice picture and interesting information,Herb.
As Anton said I think it powers by solar panels?

Happy Sunday!
F├╝sun
3 months ago

Annemarie said:

wonderful this
Happy peaceful Sunday!
3 months ago

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Well composed image of such a beautiful lighthouse.
3 months ago

TOZ said:

Another great Image Herb love lighthouses very fascinating buildings and love the causeway
Have a good day
Gordon
3 months ago

Herb Riddle replied to TOZ:

Very happy that you liked this one Gordon but I have a more fitting one of the same for you to be posted later. More your kind of picture !

Take care. Herb
3 months ago

Xata said:

It is a good exercise to keep fit indeed !
3 months ago

Herb Riddle replied to Xata:

We were on a tour and our guide only gave us a few minutes here saying that we would not have time to walk along the breakwater to the lighthouse and back safety. I proved her wrong! (Most of our company were not as fit as me. -even though I am far from very fit).

best Wishes. Herb
3 months ago

tiabunna said:

An interesting lighthouse image, Herb. I doubt there are many lighthouses not automated now.
3 months ago

natureoncam aka Greg said:

Like the image and its name spark plug lighthouse, very apt!
3 months ago

Herb Riddle replied to natureoncam aka Greg:

Yes, it does have a look of a big old spark plug.

Regards, Herb
3 months ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

Another short and squat lighthouse.............and it name is just perfect for it.

It looks quite splendid sat on the end of the breakwater and against the lovely sky. It's great to see them using solar panels too.

The rocks that make up the breakwater look very impressive and must have been difficult to transport and get into place. Well done for braving the walk :-)

Overall, a cracking shot Herb!
3 months ago