Church’s bell identified as that from 19th century lighthouse tragedy

Posted July 03, 2011, at 7:07 p.m.

BRYANT POND, Maine — The fog bell from a Massachusetts lighthouse that was toppled by a massive storm in 1851 has turned up at a church in Bryant Pond.

Tim Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest, says the collapse of the Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse in the waters off Cohasset and Scituate is one of the most notable tragedies in U.S. lighthouse history. The incident claimed the lives of two lighthouse keepers.

But the bell lives on. Harrison says the 650-pound fog bell was purchased at a salvage sale in the late 1850s and transported from Massachusetts to Maine.

Fifty years later, it ended up in the belfry of the Bryant Pond Baptist Church, where it has been rung every Sunday for more than 100 years.

 

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