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The Rocky Edge of Independence

Portland Headlight, which stands on the easternmost banks of Great Portland, Maine, started as a defense against British attacks in 1776. Supposedly, George Washington himself gave the approval to reinforce the guards quarters, and this ultimately became a lighthouse. In 1787, the Massachusetts Legislature offered $750 to begin construction of a lighthouse on the Cape coast. Finally in 1791, it was first lit to protect citizens from British invasion, and also warn sea vessels of dangerous rocks along the coast. Click HERE for more details.

Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth, ME

A beautiful but deadly forewarning for sailors. Cape Elizabeth, ME

As read from a plaque near the base of the lighthouse:

In memory of the officers and crewmen of the U.S. Navy’s Eagle Class sub-chaser U.S.S. Eagle-56 (PE-56). Torpedoed and sunk by the German U-Boat U-853. Approximately 9 miles Southeast of this location on Monday 23 April 1945 with the loss of forty-nine officers and crewmen. Thirteen survivors were rescued. The greatest loss of U.S. Navy personnel in New England waters during World War II

Check back later this week for more details and images from © Rodeonexis Photography…brought to you by Jeremy Weir

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