HALFWAY ROCK (AP) — A 62-year-old Cumberland man is attempting to renovate long abandoned Halfway Rock Lighthouse after buying it at auction.

The Coast Guard abandoned the remote Casco Bay lighthouse in 1975. Ford Reiche bought it for $283,000 at auction in 2014 in a record sale price for a Maine lighthouse.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/29vW57O ) reported Reiche has spent the last year trying to refurbish the lighthouse, where access is difficult and sometimes impossible.

Reiche bought a 25-foot Defender-class boat at a Coast Guard auction so he can make the 10-mile trip from Freeport to the lighthouse. The lighthouse dates to 1871 and is located on a tiny rock ledge.

Reiche co-founded and later sold a transportation logistics company. He is also a trustee of Maine Preservation and has restored historic homes.

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