Archive for August, 2012



Built in 1930, by Charleston Drydock & Machine Co. of Charleston, SC, light vessel 116 began its work life in the first of five assignments over a period of 40 years.  Lightships often were moved from one lightship station to another and renamed; the hull number remained the same that is until the USGC assigned new hull numbers for ships in commission up to April 1950.

As permanent light stations and automated buoys were established in the 1960s lightships were becoming obsolete.  In 1965 the Chesapeake Lightship 116/538, after 20 years serving her station at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, was replaced by Chesapeake Light, a tower-type constructed lighthouse, modeled from offshore oil drilling platforms.

Lightship 116/538 is now located in the Baltimore Inner Harbor as part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum.

The 30,000 candela main light shines on an overcast day in the Baltimore Inner Harbor.


While camping overnight at Point Lookout my friend and I played with long exposures and came up with these shots of the piers on Lake Conoy, the view from our campsite.  Just beyond the road in the background is the Bay. 

This second shot was about 20 minutes later and from a slightly different angle.