Update on The Restoration

The masons have been hard at work on the light tower restoration project.  Repointing and and repairs to broken and failing bricks are largely completed. (The lowest 6-8′ of the masonry will have to be repaired after the scaffolding has been taken down.) The focus now is on repairing the topmost courses of brick. Bricks close to the connection between the masonry and the metal platform surrounding the metal top of the tower (the cap or bonnet) have shifted as the metal rusts and expands.  The top several courses of brick are being removed to allow cleaning and treatment of the underside of the platform. Then the brickwork will be restored.

Also underway is removal of the ventilation ball from the very top of the lighthouse tower so that it can be cleaned and repaired. The ball weighed less than expected – around 150 lbs rather than the expected 200 – 300 – but just the same, removing it was a delicate job, carried out with care and expertise by Tito Masonry employees. The ball is traveling to Rockland Steel for cleaning, repairs and restoration. The temporary topper and the supplemental scaffolding will stay at the top of the tower until the ball is returned. The light is not obscured.

 

What Visitors Have To Say

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

Everything is magical! This is one of the best vacations! Ever!

- 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

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

- Barbara, August 18, 2017

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

- Ted and Carol, August 12, 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

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