Monday, July 17, 2006

Postcard from Maine

Portland Head Light was commissioned by President Washington to guide mariners entering Portland harbor, and was put into service in 1791. It remains in use today. Several years ago, it was converted to computer-controlled operation, and the position of lighthouse keeper was eliminated. The handsome keeper's house, to the right of the lighthouse tower in the scene above, is now a museum.

Below is a view of Portland harbor and downtown, taken from the deck of the Saltwater Grill in South Portland, at sundown.