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Curtis Island

Curtis Light Station (undated)

Curtis Light Station (undated)

Curtis Light Tower (1896)

Curtis Light Tower (1896)

Curtis Light Station (2002)

Curtis Light Station (2002)

[KUR-tis ISLAND], known for many years as Negro Island, is located in Camden Harbor in Knox County. Established in 1835, a light at the station was first lit in 1896 and was automated in 1972.

White with a black “lantern” holding a 300 millimeter solar powers lens, the concrete tower stands 25 feet in height. The original light featured a fourth order Fresnel lens, now on display at the Camden Public Library.
The island was named for Cyrus Curtis, born in Portland in 1850, a prominent summer resident of Camden and publisher newspapers and magazines including the Saturday Evening Post.

Other Structures on the island include a barn (1889), oil house (1895), boathouse (1889), catwalk (replaced in 1990), and two stairways (1988, 1991). The island is operated as a public park, but access to the light is limited to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Curtis Island with Light Station (2005)

Curtis Island with Light Station (2005)



Additional resources

National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/history/maritime/light/curtis.htm (accessed 2/18/2008).

Source of United States Coast Guard historic photos: (accessed 2/18/2008) http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-cp/history/WEBLIGHTHOUSES/LHME.html


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