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Ram Island Light

Ram Island Light

ram island light

granite tower standing tall in casco bay

Those catching a view of Ram Island Ledge Light in Casco Bay will know it by the 72-foot granite tower situated on a one-quarter mile long finger of rock known as Ram Island Ledge. Built in 1905, the light reminds those who observe it of the years before it was automated when keepers lived in the isolated outpost for weeks at a time manning the lamps and foghorns to keep mariners safe from the dangerous rocks of Ram Island.

Ram Ledge Light from Water, Photo Credit: Robert Witkowski
Ram Ledge Light from Water, Photo Credit: Robert Witkowski

The interesting history of Ram Island Ledge Light began with its construction, when 699 4-ton granite blocks, cut from the quarry in Vinalhaven, were shaped, numbered and shipped to Ram Island for the light’s construction, which was challenging due to the tide that covers the ledge for hours each day. Ram Light is closed to the public, but the grounds are open by appointment, and its light can be easily seen from Portland Head Light. Those viewing Ram Light on land or sea will experience a breathtaking expanse of ocean and nearby islands.

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