Located inside Casco Bay, the Portland Breakwater light helped to guide ships into the Portland harbor in the 1800s and early 1900s. This small “bug light” helped guide ships through the rocky coastlines of Maine.
The light ceased to be useful as a major navigational tool in 1943, when two major shipyards were built next to the lighthouse, reducing the size of the breakwater.
Today, the lighthouse is popular for the Bug Light Park inland, where people can come relax and watch the ships sailing by.
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