ALF’s Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights (FRHL) chapter will be tackling a couple of restoration and maintenance projects at Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse this summer, including the sentinel’s the iron lantern. The $10,000 project will be carried out by the J.B. Leslie Company of South Berwick, Maine.
The J.B. Leslie Company will prep, prime and repaint the lantern’s cupola and parapet, as well as the railings and deck on the exterior gallery. In addition, crews will remove rust down to bare iron on the underside of the exterior gallery before treating the ironwork with a rust inhibitor.
FRHL will fund the project through contributions received from community businesses and members, as well as donations obtained from visitors during open houses.
The lantern project is part of the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights’ ongoing maintenance schedule, which is designed to ensure that Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse continues to look its best. It has been nearly five years since the ironwork was last addressed.
In addition to the lantern, FRHL will be working on the wood boathouse and making repairs to the windows, frames and shutters of the keeper’s house.
General maintenance is not the only focus of FRHL in 2015. The chapter will also be adding a number of interpretive panels inside the keeper’s house and engine room, and will continue to outfit the interior of the dwelling with period furnishings to enhance the visitor’s learning experience at Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
To learn more about ALF’s Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights chapter, visit: www.rocklandharborlights.org