PORTLAND, Maine — The tallest lighthouse in New England will likely soon have a new owner.
The federal government on Sunday closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, with the top bidder offering $78,000 for the lighthouse, built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off Maine’s coast.
Government officials now have 30 days to evaluate the top bid and close the deal, said Patrick Sclafani, spokesman for the US General Services Administration. The winning bidder will be identified at that time.
More than a dozen bidders were vying for the historic lighthouse.
The new ownership will be the start of a new chapter in the odd history of Boon Island, where the English ship Nottingham Galley ran aground in 1710. The island’s first lighthouse, built for the War of 1812, was erected about a century later, and the original tower was destroyed by storms in 1831, according to bidding documents.
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