ROCKLAND — The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse will get some needed repairs.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $125,000 for the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in the Fiscal Year 2023 Interior Department appropriations bill.

The omnibus funding package passed the Senate by a vote of 68-29. It will now be passed by the House before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“Rockland’s downtown and waterfront are focal points for the community and draw thousands of visitors each year,” Sen. Collins stated in a news release issued Thursday, Dec. 22. “This investment will restore the historic Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and preserve this local landmark, which promotes tourism and guides fishermen safely home.”

“We are so grateful to Senator Collins for securing funds for repair and restoration work at Rockland’s Breakwater Lighthouse,” Rockland Community Development Director Julie Hashem said in the news release. “This lighthouse is not only an historic landmark, it is a working light that welcomes both visiting and local vessels to Rockland Harbor. We can’t thank Senator Collins enough for the work she does for Maine, and for her support of our region.”

The funding will be used to repair and restore the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project will protect the lighthouse from the elements, address rot in several locations, address chipping paint/lead safety and restore missing or damaged architectural details such as shutters, plaster and wood trim.

Rockland has owned the lighthouse since 1998 but it has leased the iconic building in 2001 to Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. The Friends turned the lighthouse back to the city in October 2021.

The lighthouse was completed in September 1902 and the light itself was automated in 1965 and is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Samoset Resort maintained the building for years until 1989 when a nationwide program turned lights over to municipalities and organizations. Rockland accepted ownership in 1998.

The breakwater, an eight-tenths of a mile long path of granite locks, and the lighthouse are the number one tourist attraction in the city and draw locals out there throughout the warmer weather.