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03/22/2018

Portland Head Light webcam now streaming live


Live webcam from Portland Head Light

The Portland Head Light webcam is now live.

The popular online fixture overlooking of Casco Bay began streaming live video and audio earlier this month from the Museum at Portland Head Light.

"Over the years many people have expressed interest in having a live webcam," said Jeanne Gross, director of the museum. "Now it's here, up and running!"

The new cam captures the sights and sounds of Cape's rocky shore from Ship Cove north to Portland. "There is so much activity in the harbor that would be interesting to so many people, local and out-of-staters," Gross said.

She cited the Cape Elizabeth School Department's Technology Department, especially network computer systems administrator Jason Lund, for getting the cam up and running. The live webcam became possible with the installation of wifi at the museum. "Having a live webcam has been desired for a long time but we didn't have the tech available to support it," Gross said.

The Portland Head Light webcam debuted on portlandheadlight.com in 2001, refreshing a still photo of the harbor every 10 minutes. It quickly became the website's most popular feature, attracting an average of 350 views per day. The all-time high was 6,493 views during the blizzard of Jan. 27, 2015.