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Winsted , Connecticut
January 23, 2007
From journal Thanksgiving Weekend in Maine
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
October 21, 2003
Beautiful any time of the year, whether blanketed in snow and twinkling with white Christmas lights, or sparkling a pristine white against deep blue summer skies, the lighthouse and its 1800s lightkeeper's quarters are a popular stop for tourists and area residents. Don't be surprised to see a few divers in wetsuits venturing out into the cove to treasure hunt (no matter the season). The Nubble is a working lighthouse; its pivoting red beacon and haunting foghorn hearken back to a simpler time. Make sure to bring your camera to capture this charming historic site.
There is no admission charge to visit Nubble, which is good news -- you'll want to save your money for an ice-cream cone (or a lobster!) at nearby Fox's Restaurant.
Enjoy your visit to this coastal gem!
From journal Autumn Weekend at Nubble Light
by Mary Dickinson
May 26, 2003
Nubble was a nickname the local sailors gave the island where the lighthouse is located due to its shape. It projects out of the water like a nub. Built of cast iron and lined with brick the 41 foot tower has withstood the rigors of the battering sea since 1879. The fourth order Fresnel lamp was replaced when the light was automated in 1987 and can be seen 13 miles out. It has a weather activated fog horn. Like all lighthouses it has a special flashing signal that identifies it. Seeing its sequence and the color of the light sailors know they are near Cape Neddick and the mouth of the York River.
The lighthouse and island are now owned by the City of York and now it is possible to go on the island by a foot bridge. Lonely, brave and forever vigilant this historic monument is a proud reminder of those who were willing to spend their lives guiding the mariner through danger and storm. The addition to the keeper's house leading to the light tower was built to allow the keeper to remain inside the buildings while tending the light on a cold winter day.
The timelessness of the sea and its environs are always more nostalgic with the telling of stories of premonitions. A sailor had a dream the night before boarding his ship. The next day as he past the Nubble Light he knew it would be for the last time and it was. Others on the ship tried to be relieved from duty because they too had premonition about an impending disaster at sea. One actually went awol. Perhaps the timelessness of the sea is the reason a quarter of a million visitors come here each year. A picture of this light was included in the space ship Voyager in 1977 to identify a prominent landmark on earth. See Cape Neddick Light
From journal Lighthouses on the Coast of Maine
May 4, 2002
From journal York - you can get there from here!
Seabrook, New Hampshire
January 21, 2001
From journal Beautiful York