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Portland Breakwater Light

South Portland, Maine

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Location: Entrance to Portland Harbor and the Fore River

Nearest city: South Portland

43 39 20 N
70 14 06 W
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Accessibility: There is free parking near the lighthouse at Bug Light Park in South Portland. The lighthouse is not open to the public, but the grounds are always open. 
To reach Bug Light Park, follow Broadway in South Portland to its northern end. When you reach the stop sign in front of the Spring Point Marina, turn left. Turn right onto Madison Street and follow it into Bug Light Park.
Station established: 1855; Present lighthouse built: 1875
Automated: 1934; Discontinued: 1942; Relighted as private aid 2002.
Construction material: 
Cast iron with brick lining

Height of tower: 26 feet

Other buildings still standing: None

Managed by City of South Portland
Original optic: Sixth-order Fresnel; Present optic: 250 mm

Characteristic: Flashing white every 4 seconds.
250mm lens
Related Sites

South Portland Historical Society

South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club

Portland, Maine Resource Guide

Portland Press Herald Resources for Maine Travel & Living

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