The following news story, entitled “Lighthouse Disabled,” appeared in the Daily Kennebec Journal on February 7, 1903. At the time, Samuel John Cavanor was keeper of Ram Island Lighthouse. Keeper Cavanor served at Ram Island Light Station from 1883 to 1913.
“Boothbay Harbor, Me., Feb. 6 – The wreck of the schooner Harriet W. Babson, which went ashore on Ram Island, late last month, has been moved from its resting place and forced through the bridge which connects Ram Island Light with the island. As a result the lightkeeper has not been able to reach the tower and the island has not been marked by the usual light for several nights.
“The Babson was forced against the bridge during the heavy gales, early this week, and a section of the bridge about 100 feet in length was carried away. The rough weather made communication with the mainland impossible until today.
“This afternoon, word was sent to Portland and it is expected that a government vessel will be sent here from that place to make temporary repairs, and that the beacon will burn as usual tonight.”