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Lighthouse sale is Maine attraction

Published 13/08/2010 | 06:32

The US federal government is auctioning a lighthouse
The US federal government is auctioning a lighthouse

The US federal government is auctioning a lighthouse -with a 10,000 US dollar bid currently leading.

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The Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse is a 72-foot conical light tower a mile off Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Potential buyers should be warned that the property has a million-dollar view, but the quarters are cramped, the grounds are nothing to brag about and a loud fog horn blares every 10 seconds.

The property is hard to get to, located on a wave-swept rocky ledge.

But the views are magnificent, and the lighthouse oozes history - a reminder of an era gone by when lighthouse keepers lived in isolation manning kerosene lamps and foghorns to keep mariners safe.

A tour for prospective bidders is scheduled for later this month.

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