Last week we enjoyed a lighthouse tour. Pharologist Ted Panayatoff was in great storytelling form and we had a chance to get up close and personal with 11 coastal lights in Penobscot Bay. Thankfully we had a wonderful mix of weather including a morning of fog, just to make sure we understood the genuine significance of these coastal beacons.
On Friday we left Isle Au Haut after seeing the Isle Au Haut Light at Robinson Point and we motor sailed across the bay to the east end of the Fox Island Thorofare. We could hear the signal blowing at the Goose Rocks Lighthouse, what we fondly call the Spark Plug. Built in 1890, this caisson light is built with a cast iron housing filled with concrete. The original cistern for fresh water is still there. The keepers quarters are beautifully appointed by the Beacon Preservation Society, the private non-profit organization that makes this lighthouse available as a B&B.
When we anchored 5 young "keepers" had just arrived that morning for a couple nights stay. They were pretty excited to see a schooner anchor off and quickly invited us to come up for a tour. On the coming tide the ladder was on the down stream side of the current, hitting the base of the light. Of course, we reciprocated by inviting the "keepers" aboard. They were just as in awe of the schooner as were we with the chance to see the lighthouse up close and personal. It was truly a once in a lifetime event.