…by Anura Guruge
Deanna, whose father was a lobsterman, is from Cushing, Maine. Rockland, ME, with its rather nice (but unbecomingly snobbish) Farnsworth Art Museum (associated with the Wyeth’s), is the nearest town to. So over the last 10 years I have got to know Rockland quite well. We hadn’t been there in a few years until yesterday. Deanna had a family ‘thing’ so the girls and I had an hour on our hands. So I took them to the Breakwater Lighthouse. It would be the first time Teischan, six, had walked to it. It was a beautiful day. We weren’t dressed for it, but it wasn’t that cold. [Deanna ‘knew’ the elder Wyeth and her aunt is ‘Siri‘ that he painted.]
There was an intriguing mirage affect on the islands. See the first two pictures. Pretty cool. They looked like they were floating.
The breakwater is 4,300′ (7/8 mile) long. They started work on the breakwater in 1881 and finished it 8 years later.
They brought the huge slabs of granite (I think) from Vinalhaven by ferry. They used a total of 730,000 tons. In the 1880s it cost $750,000!
Google Map of Rockland breakwater (the appendage sticking out), looking east showing why you see islands in the ocean, something I still can’t get used to. Click to ENLARGE.
Click any of the images to ENLARGE them to FULL SIZE.
You can see the mirage effect here … as you can in the prior picture.
The Samoset Resort. We spent the last night of our honeymoon in January 2003 at the Samoset after driving up from Newport, RI.