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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Thu Mar 03, 2005 5:00 pm


Good news for Portland Head Lighthouse!!!!

http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D88IU5EO1-60.shtml

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Postby buster » Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:54 pm


Hope they do a good job? :P
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:35 pm


Me, too, Buster. I thought it looked pretty good last March when I was there, which is when this photo was taken. It was just SO cool to finally see Portland Head in person!!! The first thing I had to do was just TOUCH the tower. I was in awe!
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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:37 pm


Leah,

Do you remember off hand how tall the tower is, and it that a lighthouse in the background on the right side?
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:43 pm


Stephen,

It's Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse ... really neat looking structure ...

The greater Portland area is a great one for the lights ... many others around as well.

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(PS ... Jeremy's site, as always, good source for pictures and history)
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Postby island » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:09 pm


The Portland Head tower is described as being 80 feet high to the top of the lantern and with a 101 foot focal plane.

From Portland Head there are other lights visible including Spring Point Ledge. Halfway Rock and Cape Elizabeth in addition to Ram Island Ledge and at one time the Portland Lightship. If I remember correctly from being up in the tower one could also see Wood Island light from the lantern at PH.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:24 pm


Hey, thanks guys, for stepping up and answering Stephen's questions in my absence!!! I appreciate the back-up! :D
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Postby island » Fri Mar 04, 2005 6:57 pm


My father's last year of Coast Guard service was spent in unofficial retirement as officer-in-charge of Portland Head Light Station. How did he get this assignment? Well, it seems he was the senior Chief Boats in the First CG District. On occasion he filled in as acting Group Commander of the Portland Group. When in this position the opening at PH came up and he could not decide who in the Group should be assigned to such harsh and demanding duty. It was always his policy not to ask of his men what he himself would not do so he very graciously assigned himself to this position. :)
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Postby plebetkin » Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:57 am


I wonder if they have been doing inside work on the keeper's quarters too. Last summer, we visited, but it was late in the afternoon. The gift shop was closed. However, men were taking art work out of the keeper's quarters. All the buildings looked to be in fairly good condition.
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Postby island » Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:49 pm


The keeper's quarters have been maintained. The Town of Cape Elizabeth received the lighthouse property in 1989 when the light and fog signal were automated. Because of the location and popularity the Coast Guard had made an appropriate effort maintaining this property inside and out.
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Postby Forchu » Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:16 pm


seven miles out of Portland, the flash takes on a ruddy hue.
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Postby island » Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:31 pm


Interesting observation but not unusual. White light tends to have a reddish hue over distance and the greater the distance the more red it appears. Did you see the same red hue with Cape Elizabeth Light?
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Postby Ross » Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:56 pm


Do you know what causes it? ;)
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Postby island » Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:47 pm


String Theory :)
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