Maine Boats Homes and Harbors February/March 2013 : Page 28

A Rock and Even on seemingly calm days, the seas around the two ledges that make up the Cuckolds never really settle down. Colliding eddies and currents churn around the rockweed-clad shoreline, and there’s always enough of a swell to jostle a small boat. F OR GENERATIONS, mariners approaching Boothbay Harbor from the south have shown a healthy respect for the hazards in this patch of the Atlantic Ocean, located less than one-half nautical mile off the southern tip of South-port Island. Since 1892, a foghorn on Eastern Cuckold has helped navigators feel their way in low visibility. A light tower, added in 1907, con-tinues to keep them on a safe course. For nearly a century, two families lived in the lightkeeper’s house here. The keepers shared duties on the rugged sprawl of granite that rises just 15 feet above the water at high tide. They’d spell each other, never leaving the beacon and the fog signal unattended. In the early days, land-ing on the island took considerable skill: One had to choose just the right moment between ©Bob Mitchell(2) RESTORING THE CUCK

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