Tallest Lighthouse in New England Sells for $78K

Maine tower is still active as a navigational aid
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2014 5:26 PM CDT
In this undated photo released by the U.S. General Services Administration, Boon Island Light Station sits in the Gulf of Maine about six miles off the coast of York, Maine.   (AP Photo/U.S. General Services Administration, Jeremy D'Entremont)
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(Newser) – New England's tallest lighthouse has been sold for $78,000. The federal General Services Administration says the winning bidder for the Boon Island Light Station off York, Maine, is Art Girard of Portland, Maine. The GSA closed out an auction of the 133-foot-tall lighthouse tower on Aug. 17. The lighthouse was built in 1855 and is located on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off the Maine coast. It's still active as a navigational aid, and Girard will have to coordinate with the government to make sure it keeps operating, reports WMTW, adding that the Coast Guard maintains both the tower's light and its fog horn. It is one of 57 active lighthouses in Maine and is the tallest in New England, though not the highest above sea level.

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