Boon Island Light
Boon Island Light is located on the 300x700 foot Boon Island off the
southern coast of Maine, United States, near Cape Neddick. Boon Island Light has
the distinction of being the tallest lighthouse in both Maine and New England at
133 feet. The lighthouse has a focal plane at 137 feet above mean high water.
The light's beacon flashes white every 5 seconds.
Talk of building a lighthouse on Boon Island dates back as early as 1710
when the ship Nottingham Galley ran aground on the barren outcrop that makes up
the island. The crew of the Galley were forced to resort to cannibalism before
being rescued. In 1799 the first day marker and the station itself were
established on the island. In 1811 the station was converted to a full light
station and a granite tower was constructed. The first tower along with a
subsequent replacement were both washed away in storms. (continued below)