It's a little know fact that Gray the Seagull was the lightkeeper here in 1841. For three days. It was Winter and so cold that the actual light keeper and his cat both froze upon attempting to use the outdoor bathroom facilities.
Well, Gray was a pretty smart bird and had hung around Samuel Morse enough that he picked up the code. So, Gray would use the light to signal ships to bring fish. Naturally, the ships crashed on the point. After three days, the U. S. Lighthouse Service figured out that something was wrong and Gray was exposed.
The above story is hog wash. Gray only operated the light for two days. It was so cold, the flow of lamp oil to the incandescent oil vapor lamp was impeded on the third day.
Cape Neddick Lighthouse, York, Maine 2014
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