Matinicus AK-52 - History

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Aetna 1

Built at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation, Hull 99
Built as Coperas for the United States Shipping Board for off-Lakes service during World War I and left the Great Lakes upon completion

259’ LOA, 251’ LBP, 43’6” beam, 23’ depth
1 deck, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1250 IHP

Enrolled at
250.5 x 43.7 x 20.1, 2153 GT, 1280 NT US 217585

Sold 1926 to Aetna Portland Cement Co., Bay City MI, Mid-West Transportation Co., Mgr., renamed Aetna (1) and returned to the Great Lakes
Entered Great Lakes service 1926

Transferred 1927 to Mid-West Transportation Co.

Sold 1937 to Saginaw Dock & Terminal Co., Cleveland OH, Oglebay Norton & Co., Mgr.

Renamed Saginaw (1) 1938

Sold 1941 to U. S. Navy for off-Lakes service during World War II and left the Great Lakes

Renamed Matinicus ((AG-38) 1941 and (AK-52) 1942, Gemini (AK-75) 1942, Saginaw 1946, Ramsdal (Finland) 1948 and Transdal 1965

Matinicus Rock

This 28-acre island lies in outer Penobscot Bay, in the Town of Matinicus Isle Plantation. The Refuge acquired the island in 1999, under the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1996. The island is dominated with granite out-croppings interspersed with vegetation. Dominant vegetation includes witch grass, timothy, angelica, aster, red fescue, and chickweed. The east side of the island is steep and rocky with large boulders that plunge into the sea. The west side of the island tapers off gradually and contains a gravel beach. Its habitats include approximately 10 acres of grassland and 18 acres of rock ledge. The Service is responsible for the light house structures, however the Coast Guard continues to maintain the navigational aids.

Matinicus Rock was the only Atlantic puffin colony (two pairs) within Maine to have survived the market hunting that decimated most seabird colonies in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Since 1900, the island has been a principal breeding site for Arctic terns on the Maine coast. It continues to be a highly diverse and productive seabird colony. Common and Arctic tern, laughing gulls, Leach’s storm-petrels, common eiders, Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and black guillemots nest on Matinicus Rock. Terns numbers had declined in the 1990’s, presumably due to the rapid growth of the nearby Seal Island tern colony. However, in recent years the colony has increased to 1,200 pairs of terns. Matinicus Rock remains home to the largest Atlantic puffin and razorbill colony in Maine.

The laughing gull population continues to increase, and now supports 624 pairs. The most recent alcid survey found over 300 puffin burrows, and 168 razorbill burrows. The island is predominantly an Arctic tern colony (999 pairs), but also supports 198 pairs of common terns. Small numbers of roseate terns have nested on the island, but not in recent years. Common murres continue to visit the social attraction area, but have yet to nest on the island. Table 3-20 presents the nesting seabirds known on the island.

We manage the island in cooperation with National Audubon Society. Biological technicians staff the island, conduct biological surveys (food and productivity studies), annually census the island, control predators, and band terns. We are participating in Arctic tern and Atlantic puffin research projects in cooperation with the University of New Brunswick. Annual survey and study results are available upon request from the Refuge Complex Headquarters.

The island also supports a wide variety of migrating songbirds, shorebirds and raptors, and island researchers continue to document the use of the island by these species.

The island is closed to public access during the seabird nesting season: April 1 to August 31. Information signs alerting visitors to this closure are in place. The island is open to waterfowl hunting under State and Refuge Complex regulations.

How We Get Here: A History of the Ferry Service

The allure of living on an island includes isolation from the rest of the world. The downside of living on an island includes isolation from the rest of the world. Especially when you need something on the mainland.

That’s what ferries are for.

“We are the roads to the islands. We want to get everyone home,” is how Mark Higgins, manager of the Maine State Ferry Service, based in Rockland, explains its role.

Of course, ferries don’t merely perform the vital function of getting everyone home. They also bring tourists, freight, in some cases the mail, and much more to the islands.

“Island dwellers depend on water transportation, directly or indirectly, for everything,” said Maggy Willcox of Islesboro. “Pet needs a vet? That’s a trip to the mainland. Don’t have a friend that can give a decent haircut? That’s a trip to the mainland. Our health center and EMS are first rate, but when you have need of an ER, there is a ferry (or a helicopter) ride involved,” she said.

“There’s no dentist here. No bank. Need a tank of propane? That comes over on the ferry.”

While islanders save trips by buying online, “Whatever you purchase to save yourself a trip to the mainland still ships either via UPS or the U.S. Postal Service via the ferry. If you don’t have your own boat, you have to buy a trip on
another,” said Willcox.

A horse-drawn wagon is visible in this image, showing the Governor Bodwell arriving in Vinalhaven. Photo: Courtesy History Press/Vinalhaven Islands Maritime Industries

The ferry service was officially established in 1960 by the Maine Legislature, which in 1957 had charged the Maine Port Authority with creating a state service. The Penobscot Bay islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, and Islesboro, and Swan’s Island off Mount Desert Island, were named in the original bill.

Their needs were determined by a study of each island’s traffic, commissioned by the Maine Port Authority. Each, of course, had vessel service prior to the state stepping in, but some islanders—particularly two from Vinalhaven—believed their water-rimmed outposts needed an improved service that could only be provided by a state-run system.

“My grandfather and Everett Libby helped create the Maine State Ferry Service,” said Phil Crossman of Vinalhaven. His grandfather was Edwin Franklin Maddox, descended from an ancestor who arrived on the Mayflower twelve generations before. Although a native of Blue Hill, not Vinalhaven, when Maddox was a young man he hopped aboard a wooden steamer that traveled from Boston to Maine, got off on Vinalhaven, spotted a beautiful young woman, “and just stayed.” He became a pillar of the community, “An institution here, in charge of everything, including the Masonic Lodge,” Crossman said.

Libby was a local businessman who was “widely admired and respected, thoughtful and deliberate. They were friends,” he said of the two men, “both selectmen and community leaders.” A hint of Libby’s importance to the service: the first new Vinalhaven ferry was named the Everett Libby.

“They likely recognized the opportunity more service would provide,” said Crossman. At the time, the 64-foot wooden vessel serving Vinalhaven’s 1,500 residents accommodated only two cars. In 1959, only 544 cars made the trip during the entire year. The vision of the two friends was borne out after the new service and new ferry took over. In 1960, 1,704 vehicles made the 13-mile crossing during June and July alone.

North Haven’s old 64-foot wooden ferry serving the 500 year-round residents could carry only one vehicle at a time and lacked the cargo-handling, two-ton hoist of the old Vinalhaven vessel. Each of these islands had a port district that owned and operated their respective ferries out of Rockland. When the new, 90-foot, aptly named North Haven was placed in service, vehicle traffic for the 11-mile trip increased from 290 cars for all of 1959, to 829 vehicles during June and July of 1960.

In the late 1950s, Islesboro, just a three-mile trip from Lincolnville, boasted an 84-foot, 10-car, double-ended wooden ferry that could carry trucks. The State Highway Commission built and maintained the mainland and island terminals. More than 7,000 vehicles crossed to Islesboro in June and July of 1960 on the new 119-foot Governor Muskie.

Swan’s Island’s old ferry was privately owned. The 44-foot Sea Wind served McKinley—current day Bass Harbor—and Swan’s Island by way of Frenchboro, for a round trip of just over 22 miles, making one trip a day year-round since 1950, carrying mail six days a week but no vehicles. When the William S. Silsby took over the run, 2,074 vessels made the trip in June and July.

The Maine Port Authority’s report to then-Gov. Reed explained the new service’s mission and approach: “In considering the particular type of ferries and terminals to be constructed, the directors of the Maine Port Authority, in conjunction with the advisory board, appointed by the governor, took into consideration not only the present, but the probable future demands for these ferries.” Considerations included taking care of the huge upsurge in summer traffic, making sure vessels could handle the largest trucks then allowed on Maine highways, that vessels could safely dock fully-loaded at “dead low or dead high water,” planning for winter conditions, heavy seas, and 13-foot tides.

The Lighthouse Board suggested in 1855 that the station should be changed to a single revolving light. Instead, possibly because of objections from mariners, a new pair of granite lighthouse towers, 180 feet apart, was built in 1857. With the lights much farther apart, the probability of them their merging into a single light when seen from the sea was lessened.

The lanterns held third-order Fresnel lenses the heights of the lights above mean high water were 95 feet (north light) and 90 feet (south light). During the same year a second story was added to the keeper’s house.

Beginning in 1869, three assistant keepers were assigned to the station to tend the two lights and the fog signal. A new double dwelling for two of the assistant keepers and their families was added to the station in 1877.

A year later, the fog signal building, which had been swept away by a storm, was rebuilt. In 1888, the 1878 fog signal building was converted to an oil house, and a new brick building was erected to house the fog signal equipment and a cistern. The 1878 building was demolished by a storm in November 1888, and the surviving fog signal building was left in an exposed position, so in 1889 a 54-foot-long yellow pine bulkhead was constructed for its protection. A new brick oil house was built in the same year.

Matinicus Rock

Location and Description: Matinicus Rock is the most remote of our seven field stations. It is a 22-acre offshore island located in outer Penobscot Bay, 23 miles southeast of Rockland, Knox County. Steep sea cliffs and boulder fields dominate the northern, eastern and southern boundaries of the island while the west side slopes from the high point to an inter-tidal zone with rock and pebble beaches. This treeless island's interior undulates the exposed high terrain is characterized by granite with low-growing vegetation, while the protected drainages have deep, peat soils dominated by grasses and other herbaceous plants. Matinicus Rock is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (MCINWR) and is cooperatively managed by the National Audubon Society and MCINWR. The island continues to be the site of a Coast Guard light and foghorn.

Human, Seabird, and Restoration History: The first light station was built in 1827 and there are many tales of heroism associated with the light keeper era, none more famous than that of young lighthouse heroine Abbie Burgess. The light is now automated and the buildings and facilities are maintained by MCINWR and the Seabird Restoration Program. The island has a long-intertwined seabird and human history &ndash the first wardens here were light keepers of Matinicus Rock, hired by the American Ornithologists Union in 1901 and soon thereafter by the National Association of Audubon Societies (National Audubon Society).

The first wardens were charged with protecting nesting birds from widespread slaughter by millinery hunters. Most seabirds were already extirpated from Maine at this time, including puffins, but one pair survived here in 1901. In the 1930's Carl and Harriet Buchheister (he was past Audubon president and first Director of the Audubon Camp on Hog Island) began a long tenure of studying storm-petrels and continuing the role of Audubon warden for the island. They resided in what is known as 'Audubon House' most summers from 1936-1981. In 1979, Project Puffin staff first visited to study puffins in what then was the only Maine nesting colony. Unlike most Maine seabird colonies, nesting puffins, terns, storm-petrels and other species continued using the site throughout the 20th century due to the consistent presence of wardens.

Access: The island is closed to public visitation during the seabird breeding season (April 1 to August 31). Staff transportation to the island is provided by charter or by MCINWR staff MCINWR staff depart from Rockland, while the charter usually departs from Vinalhaven Island (a 1 hr 15 minute ferry ride from Rockland). The trip to Matinicus Rock takes approximately 1½ -2 hours depending on departure point, weather and sea conditions. All food, gear, water and personal equipment are rowed ashore by dory or a small inflatable rowboat (stored on the island) the landing can be very difficult and sometimes landings are prevented for days at a time due to surging waters. High tide is generally the preferred time to land on the island's boat ramp. Island staff and volunteers are responsible for securing supplies and groceries before heading to the island.

Island Living and Accommodations: During the field season, 4-6 people live and work on the island. The Matinicus Rock light station is the hub of the living quarters and serves as a kitchen, dining room, office, and sleeping quarters. Staff also sleep in nearby Audubon House which provides access to the nocturnal serenade of Leach's Storm-petrels and Manx Shearwater. The kitchen is by far the most luxurious of any on the Puffin Project. It has a propane stove and small refrigerator. There is an indoor shower stall (using solar shower bag) and an outdoor composting toilet (with views of puffins). A solar electrical system powers research needs and lighting for the station.

Nesting and Migratory Birds: Matinicus Rock supports one of the most diverse seabird breeding colonies on the US Atlantic Coast. Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Leach's Storm-petrels, Arctic, Common and occasionally Roseate Terns, Laughing Gulls, and Common Eiders nest. Matinicus Rock is also the only known nesting place for Manx Shearwater in the United States. Common Murres are regularly present, though not breeding on the island. The island supports over 500 pairs of nesting puffins, 400 pairs of razorbills, 1,000 pairs of terns and about 700 pairs of Laughing Gulls. Black Guillemots and Leach's Storm-petrels are also common. Spring migration can be outstanding 194 species (including breeding birds) have been recorded on the island since 2000, including notable records for Yellow-nosed Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, and Plumbeous Vireo.

Island Monitoring, Research and Management Projects: The Matinicus Rock field season begins in mid May and continues through mid August. The Island Supervisor is responsible for coordinating the timing of specific projects throughout the field season. Work includes, but is not limited to, the following projects: annual tern, eider, and Laughing Gull census tern band resighting, chick provisioning, productivity and chick growth studies Razorbill and puffin census, productivity, banding, band resighting and provisioning studies Leach's Storm-petrel productivity daily weather and bird lists and predator management.

Matinicus Rock

Matinicus Rock Light Station was built in 1827 on a stark, 32-acre island off Rockland. The station was known for its isolation and its punishing weather. It originally had two light towers: one was extinguished in 1923, the other was automated in 1983.

The island is now part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Access is limited. The light can be seen via boat cruise.

Matinicus Rock was once home to the most famous teenager in Maine lighthouse history. In January, 1856, Abbie Burgess was 17 and living at the station with her family. Her father was the keeper. While he was away buying provisions, a powerful gale raced ashore. Abbie led her ailing mother and sisters to safety in a light tower while wind and waves flooded and then, swept away the keeper's house. Abbie cared for her family and kept the lights burning until her father returned. Storms kept him, and other rescuers, from landing at the station for a month.

Dangerous Waters Near Matinicus Island

The island of Matinicus is referred to as a “pirate island” for “its reputation for eccentricity, independence, and frontier justice, is the most seaward of Maine’s inhabited islands. About 20 wild miles out to sea, and out of sight of the mainland, it’s 2 miles long and a mile wide” (Levitt). It has held this reputation since its beginning, when Penobscot Indians first came to harvest seabird eggs and were upset by Ebenezer Hall, the islands first white settler in 1757. Hall came with his family for farming and fishing in 1750 but lit the first flame of frontier justice when he burned too much land on Matinicus and a neighboring island for more pasture and arable land. This irritated the Indians enough to capture his family and scalp him. Just as property was coveted then, it is coveted now, but at the ocean bottom.

With only thirty-three moorings accessible to fishermen, and only so much ocean bottom to go around, the lobster inhabiting said territory, is fiercely defended. The fishing grounds around Matinicus are some of the most plentiful in the world, with this reputation comes many lobstermen eager for success. However, entering the lobstering community on Matinicus can be very challenging depending on your credentials. The coast of Maine and its islands are riddled with gangs specific to each resource and harbor. Each control their own territory, fish without permission in them, and the violator will be an example of the “touch of Wild West anarchism has always been a part of lobstering” (Sabar).

“Anyone seeking to go lobstering experiences a certain degree of hostility…New fisherman usually have some traps molested for the first few months…this almost amounts to an initiation…On permanently occupied islands, ownership of land by itself is not enough to guarantee fishing rights. A number of people have bought cottages on…Matinicus…but are not allowed to go fishing” (Acheson 64-68). In order to successfully gain the rights to fish on Matinicus, one must possess the correct credentials. Such credentials include, an established family history, a personality that fits in with the gang members, allies within the gang, land on the island, and to have started at a young age. The most crucial of these are land ownership and gang allies, even with these things though, one might never be admitted into a gang. The easiest way to become a member is to begin fishing with a family member in good standing within a gang, learning the ropes at a young age, and eventually continue on one’s own as a member of the gang.

“Once accepted in a gang, members are almost never ejected” (Acheson 68). Even if a lobsterman has a reputation of trap meddling or lobster stealing, no big effort to put him out of business will be made because of the possibility of costly retaliation and, if he holds family history and land on the island this justifies his right to fish. However, when a fisherman’s faith to the island is broken, like Victor Ames, a 73-year-old whose family has lived on Matinicus for two centuries but he himself has lived on the mainland for 10 years now. Victor has a fierce reputation and is said, even by his own son-in-law to use extreme caution around: “bring guns” (Sabar). Victor had begun his lobstering career hauling up traps with his father on Vinalhaven, he then returned to Matinicus after marrying a local girl and made enough to participate in other industries. Ames now resides on the mainland and is viewed by Matinicus lobsterman as “a provocateur, a wily operator who took relish in pitting lobstermen against one another for his own ends” (Sabar). Ames characterizes himself as “an old fisherman with a bad hip and a weak heart, a victim of vigilantism by people he’d once considered his friends” (Sabar). Situations like these are not uncommon among island communities. Many lobstermen filled with either greed or jealousy will target people such as Ames for no real reason.

Territorial greed can manifest in more violent ways than just trap cutting, boat burning, and outboards sinking (Sabar). For instance, the shooting over a trap cutting in 2009, when Edwin “Bunker pulled up to the wharf in a pickup truck and confronted Young and Weston Ames, Young’s sternman—and when Janan Miller stepped out from behind a stack of lobster traps and leveled a 12-gauge shotgun at Young and Ames, according to investigators’ reports. When Ames tried to push the shotgun barrel away, Bunker pulled a pistol from his holster and fired at him, police said. He missed. Bunker turned, took aim at Young and fired again, investigators said. The bullet struck Young in the neck and he fell to the ground” (Canfield). Though violence is a last resort, as lobsterman do not like involving the authorities in their own personal matters, events such as these do occur as a result of frontier justice attitudes.

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    Matinicus AK-52 - History

    On Matinicus Rock, about five miles from Matinicus Island, in southeastern Penobscot Bay. Grounds and tower are closed to the public, as it is now a puffin bird sanctuary.

    Latitude: 44° 47' 00" N
    Longitude: 68° 51' 18" W

    Historic Stories:

    Matinicus Rock Lighthouse lies about 23 miles from Rockland, Maine and five miles from the larger Matinicus Island. Originally built as two lighthouses to accommodate the increasing busy shipping traffic around Penobscot Bay, many of its keepers became ill, some dying, from what many believe was due to the constant cold, damp air and frequent storms sweeping over the island.

    Abbie Burgess, Maine's Teenage Hero

    Samuel Burgess became keeper in 1853, with his invalid wife, and brought several of their ten children to live with them at the light station. One of their daughters Abbie learned the procedures to tend the light station.

    In January 1856, Burgess left in his sailboat to pick up supplies in Rockland, leaving Abbie alone with her mother and younger sisters when a sudden storm surged into Penobscot Bay stranding Abbie and the remaining family at the lighthouse for what would become four weeks before anyone could land on the island safely.

    Courtesy of
    US Coast Guard

    With their food supply diminishing, they were down to eating one egg and a cup of corn meal mush before supplies arrived, and when her father was finally allowed to get to the island nearly a month later.

    Years later when her father was later dismissed from duty due to political reasons at the time, Abbie stayed on to train his replacement Capt. John Grant, fell in love with his son Issac, married him, and they had four children together on Matinicus Rock. Her infant daughter Bessie, died and is buried on the rock. Abbie Burgess Grant is still known as the most famous teenage heroine in Maine’s history.

    Just before her death she wrote that if she were ever provided a gravestone, that she would like it in the form of a beacon. Years later, Edward Rowe Snow, known as the Flying Santa for his generosity in deliving presents to keepers, placed a replica of a beacon over her grave.

    The second north light was discontinued in 1923, leaving the one south light tower. In 1983, the south light was automated.

    The National Audubon Society researches and protects the island's seabird population, which includes puffins and terns.

    Places to Visit:

    To view Matinicus Rock Light, you need to get to Matinicus Island first, and then take a boat out to Matinicus Rock Island. You can contact George Tarkleson, of Matinicus Excursions, at (207) 691-9030. George also provides a water taxi, that can not only take you from the mainland at Rockland to Matinicus Island, but he can also get you to Matinicus Rock Light, about five miles away from Matinicus Island where you can also view puffins and all kinds of birds during the summer months. The boat is custom made for comfort for anyone who uses this service.

    Don’t worry, you can get great views of the lighthouse from the boat. Be wary that the lighthouse may be covered in fog or rain, especially during the summer months

    There are also seals usually found sunning themselves on the rocks.

    Matinicus Rock is maintained as a bird sanctuary especially in the protection of a puffin nesting colony so public boats are only allowed to circle the island but not allowed to explore the island.

    Maine State Ferry Service ferries passengers to Matinicus Island only a few times a month, but if you want a rustic vacation away from technology, there are a few bed and breakfast places to stay. Matinicus Island, about five miles away from Matinicus Rock and the lighthouse, provides a quiet sanctuary for those visitors who want a truly isolated island experience.

    There are two fairly large beaches, Markey Beach about a ½ mile long, and South Sandy Beach, about a mile long crescent beach.

    Beach on Matinicus Island
    Amid Rocky Shore

    It’s like having your own private beach. Be wary though, the water temps are very cold, even in the summer. There are plenty of hiking trails, where you’ll find plenty of smaller isolated sandy and pebble beaches, coves, rocky bluffs, open fields, and woodlands, along with many species of birds.

    There are no restaurants, but one bakery, Eva’s Bakery, at her house, with some great pastries to try. There is a one room school house for island children grades 1-8, usually less than a dozen attend the school. There is a tiny post office, a church, and phone service.

    Another way to get to Matinicus Island, you can take a 20 minute plane ride from Penobscot Island Air near Rockland during the summer months to the tiny air strip on the island. From there you can take the island’s only taxi, Mermaid Taxi, (207) 355-3161, to one of the few places you might be able to stay. If you are using your own boat, contact Josh Ames at (207) 366-3937 to secure a mooring.

    Matinicus Island is an isolated island, about 23 miles from the mainland, few tourists visit on account of its availability to get on the island from shore. There are no amenities but the unpopulated views are worth the trip. The island is about 2 miles long, and about a mile wide.

    There are no paved roads and you’ll find the few islanders, most of whom are fishermen or lobstermen and their families, are very friendly.

    The island’s electricity, due to its remote location, is the highest in the country, so you’ll find everyone hangs their laundry out to dry and there are very few air conditioners in the houses.

    This picturesque island will make you feel like you've gone back in time. There is color everywhere.

    There is no internet so if you are looking for a break from technology, and society as a whole, and to reflect and observe, you’ll find this island a great place to recharge your soul.

    Contact Info:
    American Lighthouse Foundation
    P.O. Box 565
    Rockland, ME 04841
    Phone: 207-594-4174

    Local Boat Tour

    Matinicus Excursions provides specific charter to Matinicus Lighthouse on Matinicus Rock, along with narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, fishing tours and other types of excursions. The ferry will get you to Matinicus Island, five miles away from Matinicus Rock where the lighthouse is located.

    Matinicus Excursions
    Specializing in chartered lighthouse trips, and special trips around Matinicus Rock, involving bird watching, seals, and other marine life. You can get great views of Matinicus Rock Light from the boat as well, depending on the cooperation of the weather. The boat is customized for comfort for visitors and also can be chartered as a water taxi from the mainland at Rockland, to Matinicus Island, and to Matinicus Rock Light, five miles away from Matinicus Island.

    Matinicus Excursions
    PO BOx 195
    Matinicus, Maine 04851
    Phone: (207) 691-9030 (cell phone with voice mail)
    Email: [email protected]

    Departure From Rockland
    Journey's End Marina
    120 Tillson Avenue
    Rockland, Maine

    Maine State Ferry to Matinicus
    Ferry service to and from Rockland to Matinicus Island, Vinalhaven and Northhaven. Provides trips out to Matinicus Island a few times a month. Be wary of their schedule when you plan a trip. You can then take a five mile ride out to Matinicus Rock Light using Matinicus Excursions mentioned above.

    24 Holmes Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
    Phone: (207) 691-6030

    Scenic Flight

    Penobscot Island Air
    Chartering a variety of lighthouse viewing flights. They make daily flights that take about 20 minutes to Matinicus Island and supply runs for the islanders, and for tourists.

    Knox County Regional Airport
    Owls Head ME 04854
    Phone: (207) 596-7500
    Cellular: (207) 542-4944
    Fax: (207) 596-6870
    [email protected]

    My 300-page book (with over 360 images), Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, provides human interest stories from each of the 76 lighthouses, along with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon, and contact info to plan your special trips. You'll find more detailed accounts of Abbie Burgess's heroic deeds at Matinicus Rock Lighthouse, and her life as a lighthouse keeper.

    Watch the video: Stories From Matinicus Rock (July 2022).


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