Ram Island Ledge Light
Ram Island Ledge Light is a lighthouse in Casco Bay, ME.
In 1855 an iron spindle was erected to protect sailors from dangerous
underwater ledges surrounding Ram Island Ledge. The ledge continued to be the
site of repeated shipwrecks. On February 24, 1900 the Allan Line steamship
Californian (formerly named the State of California) ran aground on the ledge
while en route from Portland to Glasgow, Scotland via Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a
result of that accident, the United States Congress appropriated funds to build
Construction began on May 1, 1903 and was completed in 1905. It is a
twin of the Graves Light off Boston. The lighthouse was built of granite
quarried from Vinalhaven, Maine. The lighthouse originally included a
third-order Fresnel lens. The lighthouse was electrified in 1958, and then
automated in 1959. The light was converted to solar power in January 2001. The
Ram Island Ledge Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places
on March 14, 1988.
As of July 2010, Ram Island Ledge Light has been put up for sale to the
general public. The minimum bid is $10,000. The property was initially made
available at no charge to other government agencies, educational institutions,
and non-profit organizations, but no interest was shown.
Not to be confused with Ram Island Light in boothbay Harbor ME.