A few weeks ago, I enjoyed a little trip to mid-coast Maine with Red Hen and Nana. One of the highlights of the trip was walking the Rockland Breakwater – a gorgeous granite jetty that stretches almost a mile long into the Rockland harbor of Penobscot Bay. The house itself enjoys some of the most beautiful views and sunsets – unencumbered by anything except the gentle bobbing of lobster trap buoys and meandering sailboats.
A little history:
To aid local navigation, a small lantern was placed at Jameson Point on the north side of the entrance to Rockland Harbor in 1827. An early attempt to build a structure to protect the harbor was carried out in 1832, when a mason constructed a small wall across a portion of the harbor.
Constructed in 1888, the Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light has provided safe passage and shelter from storm. The Breakwater was built from 1881 to 1899, using 700,000 tons of granite, spans over 4000ft in length, and cost three quarters of a million dollars to build.
This beautiful structure has flashed a white light every 5 seconds since Oct 30, 1902. And, it’s totally worth the walk!
You can look for seals and enjoy the view from this lighthouse from 545a-6p (EST) by going to rocklandharborlights.org.