Are Maine Lighthouses Run by People or by Computers?


Quick Answer

All active lighthouses on the Maine coastline are unmanned, and computer managed as of 2015. The United States Coast Guard operates lighthouses and other aids to navigation while local communities, private individuals and preservation organizations own and maintain the buildings.

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Are Maine Lighthouses Run by People or by Computers?
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The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society lists 81 lighthouses in Maine in their World List of Lights, many of which are historic landmarks. The earliest lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth began operating in 1791.

Most lighthouses have scheduled tours, although some towers have limited or no access. One such landmark, Egg Rock Light, is located south of Bar Harbor in Frenchman Bay. Constructed in 1895, it is still active. Its tower rises from the center of a hip-roofed home, creating a unique shape. The Maine Coastal Islands National Refuge manages the Egg Rock Light.

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