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Q.  Drafts of July 1957 and March 1958

[Probably prepared for transfer of the USCG property to Acadia National Park.]

REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

-July 1957
March 1958

DESCRIPTION OF PROPER____ [unreadable, probably "property comprising the"]
FORMER U.S.COAST GUARD LIGHT STATION, BAKER ISLAND, MAINE

The following is a description of United States Government owned property and rights on Baker Island, Hancock County, State of Maine, as determined by the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Maine, April Term 1909 and as recorded in the Hancock County, State of Maine Registry of Deeds, Record Book 459, Pages 186-190:

Judgment for the United States, a writ of possession to issue for the following described real estate, and the appurtenances thereto connected, viz:-

Beginning at a point on a certain fence as it stood on said Island on the second day of October, 1854, enclosing the field, which point was seventeen rods from the barn then occupied by Elisha Gilley, and as the fence then ran, and from that point running to the end of a stone wall existing at the fime [sic] aforesaid on the small enclosure, so called, and on the same course until forty rods are completed, said bound being nearly in an Easterly direction; thence running at right angles with the first bound forty (40) rods; thence at right angles with the second bound forty (40) rods; thence at right angles with the third bound forty (40) rods to the bound begun at, together with the right to enjoy without let or hindrance the right of way and passage from the landing on said Baker' [sic] Island used for boats and landing to the Light House and buildings of the said United States, as such way was laid out as a Town way and used and traveled on the 29th day of September, 1855, to be forever thereafter kept open as an easement for the use of said United States, its servants and officers; and the further easement for the said United States by its Lighthouse keeper and all and every of the officers and persons employed by the said United States on said Island as keepers and laborers in and about the business of said Light, of the right of pasturage in common with the other occupants and owners of said Island, in, on, and to, all the land on said Island which may from time to time be used by the owners and occupants thereof for pasturage.

The Court finds that the United States is the owner of said lot of land, and entitled to the possession thereof as tenant of the freehold; and as such owner is entitled without let or hindrance to have and enjoy the right of way and passage from the landing on said Island used for boats and landing, to the Lighthouse and buildings of said United States, as the same was laid out as a Town way and used and traveled on said 29th day of September, 1855, to be forever kept open as an easement for the use of said United States and its servants and officers, as well as for all other persons and travel whatsoever; and that the said United States and its Lighthouse keeper and all and every other of its officers and persons employed by the said United States on said Island as keepers and laborers in and about the business of said Light are entitled to the right of pasturage in common with the other occupants and owners of said Island in, on and to, all the land on said Island which may from time to time be used by the owners and occupants thereof for pasturage.

The Court further finds (counsel for both parties assenting and approving) that the United States is, and shall forever hereafter be, the owner in fee simple of the land near the shore upon which its boathouse actually stands at the date of this entry; and the boat landing, so called, shall forever hereafter be kept open and used in common for landing purposes by said United States and its servants and officers, and all other persons now or hereafter interested in said Island.


All of the above property described herein, is hereby conveyed excepting:

  1. A 20 foot square plot on which the Light Tower stands, bounded and defined as follows:
    "From a point which is the center of the Light Tower, thence Easterly through the center of the door opening of the tower, a distance of ten (10) feet to a point, which point is the point of beginning of the property description; thence at right angles in a Southerly direction ten (10) feet to a point; thence at right angles in a Westerly direction twenty (20) feet to a point; thence at right angles in a Northerly direction twenty (20) feet to a point; thence at right angles in an Easterly direction twenty (20) feet to a point; thence at right angles in a Southerly direction ten (10) feet to the point of beginning, containing 400 sq. feet in all".
  2. The right of ingress and egress over the land herein conveyed for personnel, vehicles, and utilities as may be required by the Government to the plot surrounding the Light Tower; and
  3. Provided no construction or natural growth is permitted on the land herein conveyed which will obstruct the view of the Aid to Navigation by the mariner from the sea.

[The date in italics at the top was handwritten in; everything else is typed.]

 

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