Back in the Day – It Was Cold Back Then Too!

Here’s what the keepers’ logs say about severe weather at Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station:

1875
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

1888
Jan 25 – Crossed the Harbor to Harbor Island with Horse team

1901
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.

1914
Feb 12 – Vapor. Mercury 18 below zero, the coldest ever remembered here.

1920
January 31 – 24 below zero …

What Visitors Have To Say

I cannot express the gratitude I have for all of the dedication and hard work that has been given to the restoration of such a beautiful Light House.

- Kathy, July 2, 2017

Sunrises and sunsets are stunning, punctuated by the parade of lobster and sail boats.

- Barbara, August 18, 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

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

Took our weekly vacation on Swans Island, really enjoyed our great times there with our family & friends.

- Edith, April 20, 2016

The apartment, the weather, the people, the beach, the trails and especially the views have been exceptional.

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 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

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