Light Keeper’s Quarters

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Plans in the PHS collections.

The plans of the Musselbed Shoal Light show the quarters for the lighthouse keeper.  The keeper led an isolated life.  Most keepers held the post for only a short time.  A few of them lasted as long as ten years.

Plans for Musslebed Shoal Light

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The plans for the later Musselbed Shoal Lighthouse are part of the collection of the Portsmouth Historical Society. These are plans for the 1877 lighthouse. Ice floes moved the entire structure of the original lighthouse.    The stone pier was enlarged to protect the structure, but this house was also damaged by ice and hurricanes.  The fog bell was mounted on the roof.

Plans for the Musselbed Shoal Light in PHS collection