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View From the Top

Some two miles from the mainland, with nothing between it and savage squalls, the old sentinel has been battered frequently. Civil War-era keepers, according to one account, were afraid for their lives during bad weather because the tower would sway nauseatingly.

Breakwater Lighthouse

Granite Guardian of Rockland Harbor

Between 1888 and 1895, the light station was moved four times. Its first keeper, Eba Ring, was succeeded by Charles Ames, who was paid $25 a month for lighting the lamps at dusk and extinguishing them at dawn every morning.