Nubble Light – Cape Neddick, York, Maine

At the southern end of Maine, USA, stands Nubble Light, perched upon a small nub of an island, approximately 100 yards (91 meters) off Cape Neddick Point, in York.

Nubble Light Cape Neddick MaineThe light is constructed of a cast iron plate with brick lining on a concrete foundation and was first lit in 1879 and is still an operational beacon. Although the light itself is only 41 feet (12 meters) tall, it stands 88 feet (27 meters) above sea level due to how it sits on the very small rocky island.

<a href="https://scottdwelch.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/img_4818a1.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2470" src="https://scottdwelch.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/img_4818a1.jpg?w=300" alt="Nubble Light Cape Neddick Maine" width="300" height="225" /></a>The original name was the Knubble Lighthouse (sitting, as it does, on the islet known as Nubble Island). However, when service of the light was transferred from the Lighthouse Service to the US Coast Guard it was given the official name of Cape Neddick Lightstation.  Nonetheless, most people refer to it as Nubble Light, or The Nubble.

Nubble Light Cape Neddick MaineTo ensure care of the facility, in 1985 the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Then, in 1987, due to shortages of funding and resources to care for the light, and with developing technologies, Nubble Light became fully automated, so there is no longer a live-in caretaker. In 1997, The town of York applied for, and received, responsibility for the upkeep and, since that time, the Parks Department oversees all aspects of operations, while the Coast Guard cares for the actual light and horn.

Nubble Light Cape Neddick MaineAlthough the lighthouse is not accessible to the general public, there are many vantage points for capturing images of this historic site. When visiting the northern East Coast of the United States, a visit to York, Maine, and taking in the Nubble Light, while feasting at one of the many fine restaurants in the area, is definitely recommended.

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Delta King Riverboat Hotel

The Delta King riverboat was christened, along with its sister ship, the Delta Queen, on May 20, 1927.   Their heritage includes partial construction in Glasgow, Scotland, and completion in Stockton, California.Delta King Hotel

The twin ships originally made 10-hour overnight runs between San Francisco and Sacramento, California, and would do this for the next 13 years.  This period, of course, covers the prohibition era when the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol was outlawed.  The stern wheel paddle boats would, however, feature not only fine dining, jazz bands and gambling but also … drinking, as consumption was not illegal.

During World War II, beginning in November, 1940, the Delta King and Delta Queen served as troop transport, floating barracks and hospital ships for the U.S. Navy.  Once relinquished by the Navy, the Delta Queen left for the Mississippi River, taking her twin’s engine as spare parts and leaving the King as a vessel to be towed from that point forward.

The Delta King found its way to various locations between California and Canada, but with no real purpose or significance.  In 1982 the boat mysteriously sank near Richmond, California, and remained under water for over a year.Delta King Hotel

When the Delta King was raised it was discovered that the damage was minor and was brought to Sacramento, completely renovated and converted into a permanently moored 44-room hotel, boasting two restaurants, two theaters, and a wine school.

The hotel itself is charming, especially when coupled with a unique history.  It seems, nowadays, that many hotels provide an abundance of room.  That is not the case with the Delta King.  The staterooms are not overly spacious, they are comfortable if not a bit cozy.  As most of what this blogger does in a hotel is sleep, that is not an issue.  It may be for some.  Accommodations do include a complimentary breakfast, including two eggs, grilled potatoes, bacon or ham, blueberry muffin, orange juice, and coffee or tea.  For just a bit more one can upgrade to something like Eggs Benedict.Delta King Hotel Breakfast
Delta King Hotel BreakfastOn March 1, 1978, the riverboat was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

For a change of pace, the Delta King Hotel delivers.

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