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1816. Holden, William C III. Mark Island – Songs of a Dreamer – Lighthouse Diaries.

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1816. Holden, William C III. Mark Island – Songs of a Dreamer – Lighthouse Diaries.

1816. Holden, William C III. Mark Island – Songs of a Dreamer – Lighthouse Diaries. Self published. 2016. 288p. Soft wraps. Roaring Bull, a ledge awash in only 3 feet of water at mean low tide, lies in eastern Frenchman Bay. When it’s blowing hard from the northwest and a heavy sea is running from the south, the waves strike the shoals, sending the white foam up and billowing back like a bridal train. That particular display of the North Atlantic’s might is just one of the many dramas and memorable moments William C. Holden III experienced while living for much of each year for a decade on Mark Island off the western shore of Winter Harbor on the Schoodic Peninsula. The largely treeless isle also is home to the Winter Harbor Light, which was deactivated in 1933. During his years on the island, Holden poured his energy (and money) into restoring the lighthouse, lighthouse keeper’s house, workshop, oil house, henhouse, outhouse, boathouse, ways and pier. He also read, cooked, painted and even lazed around a bit. All was recorded in a daily diary kept most days. Twelve years after selling the island in 2004, Holden has produced this book chronicling his decade-long adventure. Filled with the author’s photos, drawings and more as well as numerous excerpts from his detailed logbook. (M). $38. (x)