Not since the days when keepers staffed Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse has a trip to the site in a peapod boat been more historic than the row set for Aug. 15.

History will be made when a restored late-1800s wooden peapod boat departs the shoreline of Rockland for the lighthouse where the artifact will be placed on permanent exhibit inside the light station’s boathouse.

The event is being sponsored by the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, which has worked closely with The Apprenticeshop in Rockland over the last eight months to restore the vigor, shine and glory of the peapod boat, which traces its roots back to Maine’s Mount Desert Rock Lighthouse.

On Sunday, Aug. 15, following a brief shore-side ceremony at 10 a.m. along the public landing at Rockland’s Harbor Park, the peapod will be launched at 10:15 a.m. and rowed out to Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse where it will be greeted by volunteers and visitors.

Upon the peapod’s arrival at the light, the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, will commemorate the occasion with some remarks before the artifact is placed inside the boathouse on public exhibit.

In 2009, John MacDonald of Windham donated the peapod to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. The boat has been meticulously restored by The Apprenticeshop, with help from Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse volunteers and Hamilton Marine.

The public will have an advance opportunity to view the boat while it is on display at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14.

In addition to viewing the peapod boat at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, the public can participate in fun raffles that include opportunities to be one of two individuals selected to ride in the peapod on its maiden voyage to the lighthouse, as well as venturing a guess as to how long it will take the peapod to row from shore to Rockland Breakwater Light.

Raffle tickets will be available at the show, as well as at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and the American Lighthouse Foundation’s Gift Store & Interpretive Center, located at 464 Main St. in downtown Rockland.

For more information about the event and raffles, visit and or call the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse at 542-7574.