Free lighthouse, with a catch

August 7, 2009 4:51:24 AM PDT
The Coast Guard is giving away a lighthouse off the coast of Massachusetts for nothing, but there is a catch.

Whoever agrees to take the 114-foot tall Minot Ledge Light must pay for upkeep and maintenance as laid out in the "Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook."

The Patriot Ledger of Quincy reports that the Coast Guard has determined the lighthouse is an "excess" asset, and is offering it under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

The lighthouse has guided ships around a treacherous ledge since 1860.