Here’s what the keepers’ logs say about severe weather at Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station:
Jan 19 – NNW winds clear and very cold last night had a little snow at 1:30 pm. US Steamer Iris capt Johnston came off the Harbor ran into the Ice off Harbor Island Point had to back out and go round to the Eastern passage ran into the Ice as far as he could and made fast to the Ice by cutting a hole and hooking his anchor into it the Bay all full of rimming Ice Eastern outer Harbor all clear of Ice.
Feb 9 – NW Gale very cold weather at 2 AM so cold could not keep the lights burning had to take them down and heat them on the stove and set them agoing again with hot oil.
Feb 10 – Still cold had to keep a regular watch to keep the light burning the Harbor all closed up with Ice.
Feb 17 – Edward went to Brooklin on the Ice
Feb 18 – Edward returned from Brooklin on the Ice
Jan 25 – Crossed the Harbor to Harbor Island with Horse team
Jan 30 – Moderate NW. Clear. Frank Bridges and Charles Gross came near being frozen on Gunning Rock and was brought in here to the light to get warm and some dry clothes.
Feb 14 – Fresh breeze, NW. Clear. The Vinalhaven had a hard time getting through the ice. The harbor is all frozen over.
Feb 12 – Vapor. Mercury 18 below zero, the coldest ever remembered here.
January 31 – 24 below zero …