BOON ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

York Beach

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 43.1214°  Longitude: -70.4764°

Set on an island just 14 feet above sea level and 6.5 miles east of York Harbor, Boon Island Light, at 133 feet, is New England’s tallest lighthouse. Its place in history is due, in part, to its perilous location and to a gruesome, shipwreck-filled past. This includes the infamous 1710 wreck of the Nottingham Galley, whose crew resorted to cannibalism for survival. The unmanned light—first erected in 1811 and later re-built of locally quarried ashlar granite—is now privately held.

Photo courtesy: Charles Cormier