Portland’s Ram Island Light for Sale
September 9, 2010
The 72-foot Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse off Portland, Maine, is being auctioned to the highest bidder by the federal government. The Coast Guard, which is in charge of maintaining federal lighthouses, has at least 8 of them for sale in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Delaware and Wisconsin through an online auction run by the General Services Administration (GSA).
The granite Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse was built in 1905. Until the light was automated in 1959, it was manned by lighthouse keepers who lived in the remote building for weeks at a time.
The lighthouse buyer will be required to preserve the historical integrity of the structure while it continues being used as a navigational aid (the light flashes every 6 seconds, while its horn sounds every 10 seconds).
The Associated Press reports that a bid of $10,000 has been made, and that a tour for prospective bidders is scheduled for later this month.