Message in a Bottle at Seguin Island Lighthouse
Posted by Debbie Dolphin
Somewhere in a far far away galaxy of infinite Meme Magnitude, Kimberly “Arthouis” Barker from Blogsylvania just east of Oz, has Meme’d me to paint a Message in a Bottle Beach message for Mimi’s Wet & Wild Meme Marathon.
You may find my spirit or my LOST bottle floating around Seguin Island Lighthouse where sea rumors speak of a Mimi-like ghost who plays the piano as mermaids entice lost mariners offshore (1)!
For a Map Location of the Lighthouse and my LOST bottle, please visit the Google Map of Seguin Island Lighthouse
Someday, you may see my LOST bottle floating in the ocean of Mimi’s Wet & Wild Bottle Blogosphere! Anyone can participate in the Message in a Bottle Meme including everyone in my Blogroll. Instructions and the blank bottle image are posted at the Message in a Bottle links listed above.
(1) According to Lighthouse Legend, the ghost of a Light-keeper’s wife plays the same ghostly tune on her phantom piano which can be heard on the Kennebec River during foggy nights. In 1850, a Lighthouse Keeper bought his lonely bored depressed wife a piano to brighten her mood on the isolated island. Unfortunately, his newlywed wife played the same song over and over again for hours until her husband was driven insane. After destroying the piano, the Light-keeper murdered his wife with an axe and committed suicide. Perhaps, her husband was hearing “The Honeymoon was the Killer” tune?
According to folklore, Seguin Island Light Station is also haunted by the first Light-keeper who died penniless on the island. The ghost of Light-keeper John Polereczky, called the “Old Captain,” is seen climbing the staircase of the tower to tend the light.
After the Lighthouse was automated, William O. Thomson reported that the “Old Captain” ghost told the moving crew, “Don’t take the furniture. Please leave my home alone!” The boat loaded with the Keeper’s furniture mysteriously or coincidentally sank on the following day!
In the nearby haunted legends of Maine, John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem about a phantom ship that passes by Seguin Island Lighthouse. To read his poem, please visit “The Dead Ship of Harpswell,” 1866.
In 1795, President George Washington authorized the first offshore Lighthouse to mark Seguin Island and help navigation approaching the Kennebec River or the Sheepscot River.
On March 29, 1796, Major John Polereczky was appointed Light-keeper of the new 30-feet high wood Lighthouse. The Light exhibited a Fixed White Light illuminated by 6 oil lamps and reflectors 165-feet above sea level.
The current 53-foot high stone Lighthouse was built in 1857 and fitted with a First-order Fresnel Lens for the safety of shipping. Seguin Island Lighthouse is currently an Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation exhibiting a Fixed White Light illuminated by a First-order Fresnel Lens 180-feet above sea level to a visible range of 18 nautical miles.
On November 15, 1985, the Coast Guard de-manned and decommissioned the Light. A Coast Guard crew was ready to remove the 9-foot high Fresnel lens until Pat Moffatt, a Lobsterman, told the crew they needed an act of Congress. Thankfully, the Fresnel gem valued at $8 million, is still the eye of this ghostly Lighthouse Treasure!
The Friends of Seguin Island, Inc. was established in 1986 and the Preservation group received a 10 year lease from the Coast Guard on April 11, 1989. The Coast Guard transferred Seguin Island Light Station to the group under he Maine Lights Program in February 1998.
Since 1990, summer Caretakers have maintained the buildings and property, and greet visitors from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In 1993, Susie Wren established a museum which opened on August 31, 1993.
Seguin Island Lighthouse is best seen by boat or visiting the island. A distant view of the Lighthouse from Popham Beach requires binoculars. For Lighthouse Lovers into Lighthouse Lore and Piano Playing Ghost Hunters, Lighthouses cruises are provided by the Maine Maritime Museum and Long Reach Cruises.
For a Map location, please visit the Google Map of Seguin Island Lighthouse
About Debbie DolphinLighthouse author and photographer living in New England
Posted on March 2, 2008, in Blog News, Cruises, Haunted Lighthouses, Lighthouse Keepers, Open House, Travel and tagged Cruises, Haunted Lighthouses, Lighthouse Keepers, Message in a Bottle, Open House, Seguin Island Lighthouse, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.