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A.  Baker's Island Clippings 1853-1905

Baker Island

REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

(Established in 1828; rebuilt in 1855.)

Appropriated by act of Congress, for a lt-ho. on Baker's Island, near
Mount Desert, Me.,
Mar 3, 1823, $2,500
" for Baker's Island in addition to former appro., Feb 25, 1825, $1,300
" Re-appropriated for do do, Mar 14, 1826, $2,500
" Re-appropriated for do do to complete lt-ho., Feb 12, 1828, $1,300
" for rebuilding Baker Island light-house, Aug 3, 1854, $5,000

[The above is typewritten.]


REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Baker’s Island, Me.

1853

2. Baker’s island light-house and Franklin island light-house. — These two are secondary lights.  The towers of both are entirely worthless, the lanterns are worn out, and the keepers’ dwellings are so old and leaky that they are unhealthy.  I recommend that both be rebuilt and fitted up with Fresnel lens lights of the fourth or fifth order.  For this purpose, an appropriation of $10,000 will be required.

I select these two lights, not because they are absolutely the worst on the coast, but because a beginning must be made in rebuilding nearly all of the lights of this class on the coast; and these are important lights, and are as bad as any.

1855

Baker’s Island and Franklin Island light—houses have been rebuilt, and are ready for the lighting apparatus, which in both is to be a fourth order lens, showing a fixed light, varied by flashes.

1867

At Baker’s island, outside of keeper’s dwelling repaired, revolving machinery cleaned, and wickholders repaired.

1868

10. Baker’s island. — Dwelling painted outside; new door furnished to boat-house; cooking stove and fixtures supplied; ventilator for lantern and smoke-pipe provided; seven panes of glass set; inside wood-work of tower painted; two lens covers supplied; illuminating apparatus examined.

1869

10. Baker's Island. — Burners have been refitted with new tubes, oil butts repaired, glass supplied, and a cast-iron smoke-pipe provided for the lantern.

1875

l4. Baker's Island, off Mount Desert Island, and south of entrance to Frenchman’s Bay, Maine. — The roof of the keeper’s dwelling has been reshingled, and other general repairs have been made about the station.

1880

14. Baker's Island, off Mount Desert Island, and south of entrance to Frenchmans’s Bay, Maine.  The exterior walls of the dwelling were repainted with two coats of white paint, and the cellar floor was cemented.

1881

14. Baker’s Island, off Mount Desert Island, and south of entrance to Frenchman’s Bay, Maine. — Five storm-doors were furnished for the dwelling and the boat-slip was rebuilt.

1882

14. Baker’s Island, off Mount Desert island, southwest side of entrance to Frenchman's Bay, Maine. — The interior plastering of the dwelling was repaired.

An. Rep. 1885

14. Baker’s Island, south of the entrance to Frenchman’s Bay, Maine. — The roof of the kitchen was renewed, the chimney was rebuilt, the roof of the work-room was reshingled, and other repairs were made.

1895

18. Baker Island, off Mount Desert Island, Maine. — An oil house was built.  Minor repairs were made.

1898

18. Baker Island, off the entrance to Southwest Harbor, Atlantic Ocean, off Mount Desert, Maine. — A telephone line to connect this station with Northeast Harbor, Maine, was being constructed by hired labor at the close of the fiscal year and will be completed in July, 1898.  The cost of this line is to be paid from the appropriation for national defense.

1899

18. Baker Island, off the entrance to Southwest Harbor, Atlantic Ocean, off Mount Desert, Maine. — A telephone line to Northeast Harbor was completed.  Various repairs were made.

1903

18. Baker Island, Atlantic Ocean, off Mount Desert and of entrance to Frenchman Bay, Maine. — The light tower was reinforced by a 4-inch brick wall built around the outside; one end of the dwelling was renewed; and the revolving clock and boat slip were repaired.

1905

18. Baker Island off entrance to Southwest Harbor, off Mount Desert, Maine. — A fuel house was built.  Various repairs were made.
19. Great Duck Island, Atlantic Ocean, Maine. — A coal bunker was built at the landing, and various repairs were made.

[The above clippings were apparently copied and pasted onto one sheet from several years of printed journals (as italic letters appear.)  The years on the left are hand-written.]

 

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