November 23rd, 2012
Owl's Head, Maine

"Owls Head Lighthouse, near Rockland Maine, is a place of outstanding beauty, and its history has been replete with remarkable and even mysterious events ever since it was built following President John Quincy Adams' approval in 1824.
A couple frozen in ice were brought back to life there, and Spot, a fog-bell-ringing dog, saved his friend from certain disaster. The origin of the name Owls Head is a mystery — whether it came from an imaginative view of a rock formation or from the English translation of the Native American word “Medadacut” will probably never be known.

Owls Head Lighthouse is number one on Coastal Living magazine’s most haunted lighthouse list, and there are said to be at least two ghosts at the lighthouse. One is known as the “Little Lady” and is most frequently found in the kitchen or looking out a window. Doors slam, silverware rattles, but people say her presence brings a feeling of peace. The other is thought to be a keeper from beyond the grave."

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Owl's Head Tales:

"There are two stories I like to tell about Owls Head, one about an unusual rescue and one of a dog. In December of 1850, during a fierce storm, five ships went around in Penobscot Bay. One in particular, a small schooner, broke free from its cables and smashed into the rocks. Three people were aboard, First Mate Richard B. Ingraham and his fiancee Lydia Dyerin, and a seaman named Roger Elliot. They stayed together on the deck of the ship, with their arms wrapped around each other, huddling under a blanket. As the schooner broke apart, the half frozen Elliot escaped and made it to shore. The Keeper was driving by at the time and found him, half frozen. Having been told of the other two left on the ship, the keeper went out to the boat with help from a dozen others. On reaching the shore, the party found Ingraham and his fiancee frozen solid in a coffin-like block of ice. They hauled the couple in their ice-encrusted tomb to the lighthouse, put them in a tub of water and chipped away at the ice. Slowly they raised the temperature of the cold water, kept moving the couples' arms and legs and eventually they started showing signs of life. The two miraculously made a full recovery. They later were married and went on to have four children.

A Springer Spaniel named Spot belonged to Keeper Augustus Hamor, and took great pleasure in pulling the rope of the fog bell for his master. This became Spot's job, which he did with great diligence. Come the fog, Spot would bound out and pull the rope tirelessly. One stormy Christmas, the mail boat out of Matinicus was late, due to the fog. Spot heard the boat, and ran out to do his self-appointed duty. Unfortunately, due to the storm, the rope was frozen and he couldn't pull it. Spot ran out to the edge of the cliff and started barking loudly. The mailboat's captain heard him, and realized where he was and turned before he hit the rocks. When Spot died, he was buried near the fog bell on the side of the cliff."


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