Fixing Up the Tower – Help Is On The Way!

1474564 686005968097115 422622107 nThe Burnt Coat Light Station tower, though it looks sturdy and solid, has some serious maintenance issues. Rusting of the metal components has created cracks in the masonry joints. The metal components themselves need repair, and the masonry needs repointing and repainting.

Engineering Workplan.

The Town recently received a comprehensive report from Resurgence Engineering of Portland setting out a workplan for complete restoration of the tower. Professional preparation of the workplan was financed by grants from the Maine Department of Transportation (Small Harbor Improvement Program) and the Davis Family Foundation. Individual gifts made up the balance.

Two Phases.

The Engineering Workplan breaks restoration of the tower into two phases. The first phase covers urgent work inside the tower to address leaks and stop deterioration, especially in the lantern and watch room. This phase will include lead paint abatement, improved ventilation and reglazing of the lantern windows.

The second phase requires scaffolding around the tower to rehabilitate the masonry and paint the exterior. It also includes replacement of the glass brick windows and replacement of the railings on the catwalk around the lantern.

When will the work get done?

With the Workplan in hand, we have applied again to the Small Harbor Improvement Program for a grant to help with the cost of the first phase of the tower restoration. Friends of the Swan’s Island Lighthouse (FOSIL) will help to raise funds for this work. If the grant application is successful, we expect the work will be done in spring 2014.

What Visitors Have To Say

What a magic place. Sun and moon glinting off the water. The lighthouse beam in the trees, the sound of a gentle surf when the tide is in. The bellbuoy ringing in the channel. Wonderful sunsets …

- Mike and Kathy, Sept. 2019

The view out our window - moonlight on the ocean, porpoises, giant owls - plus the sound of the gong, and the wild berries…truly a special experience.

- Rebecca and Rich, August 2019

The apartment is beautiful. And the view is amazing! … We could not have asked for a better vacation. We plan to return!

- Ann and Dave, September 15, 2018

Thank you to ALL who made our stay so wonderful and relaxing. To the Islanders who told of trails to explore – Thank you!... We look forward to returning to this little piece of heaven on earth.

- Heather and Jamie, September 7, 2018

From the amazing Light Keeper’s House to the beautiful view from the porch of the same, the amazingly friendly people … and our daily hikes along this rugged Maine Coast … Everything was perfect …

- Leesa and Howard, August 10, 2018

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- Ronald and Janet, July 13, 2018

The beauty you offer is immeasurable – the clarity of light, wind and Downeast character here recharged me.

- Lee, June 30, 2018

What a wonderful place! We were in awe the moment we arrived….What a quiet and peaceful location for a vacation.

- David and Lorie, June 15, 2018

You truly have a treasure…. perched out here atop the rocks with the vast sea at the doorstep…. we watched a bright moon spilling its light onto the water, listening to the music of the waves, and wondering anew at the stars emerging in the dark sky….

- Susan, September 2017

This has been a lifetime experience! The beauty of Swan’s Island can’t be described in words or photographs, for they just don’t do it justice….I look forward to coming back again next year!

- Lacy, September 2017

We just stayed there and it is tremendous. The view and setting is amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated and spacious.

- Mary, July 15, 2017

We are fortunate to have traveled to many places in this world, but still contend, by far, this is the prettiest place on earth. Stay in the keeper's house - you will not be disappointed!!!! It is special.

- Spencer, July 10, 2017