Category: Lighthouse Lovers


Point Lookout Lighthouse

Point Lookout Lighthouse

Point Lookout Lighthouse

My latest visit to Point Lookout was an interesting one, four days of a tropical storm kept us in the camper most of the time.  I was able to get a shot from the truck of the tower on top of the lighthouse dwelling this time.  Having a vantage point of from the height of the truck I had missed this shot the last time I was there.

I hadn’t done any extensive homework prior to my visits to realize that the light was decommissioned and replaced by an offshore steel tower.  Not wanting to have my camera out in the rain too long I had missed the fact that the light was missing from tower.  I had been excited to see the light beacon in the night from the pier on Lake Conoy, but realized in the  morning that it was not the lighthouse but the tower.  Using my 300mm lens in the daylight, it was obvious that the light was from the tower and not the actual lighthouse.

Point Lookout Light tower

Light tower from Lake Conoy

I had visited Point Lookout in August, 2012 and was able to go into the gates and photograph the keeper’s house from the front.

It had been a nice sunny day and there were people out there working who allowed us to enter the gated area and photograph.

Point Lookout Lighthouse

Point Lookout Lighthouse, 2012

Point Lookout Lighthouse marks the Northern mouth of the Potomac River.  It housed a fourth-order Fresnel lens that was visible for up to 12 miles.  The fog bell tower, originally installed in 1872, was moved and on display at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, MD.  Shown here from the water along with the Hooper Strait Lighthouse I shot in 2011.

Fog Bell Tower

Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower (left)

Cove Point Light

Cove Point Light

 

On my second attempt to see/photograph Cove Point Lighthouse I was at least able to see the Lantern above the keeper’s house.  It was a rainy weekend and to my advantage I was able to get a pretty good shot of the Fourth-order Fresnel lens doing it’s job on Cove Point.

This cylinder shaped, brick lighthouse sits directly in front of the keeper’s building and is only accessible certain times through the Calvert Marine Museum.   Fenced off from the public, the lighthouse can only be seen from the water or from the private beaches on either side on the point, or during the times of operation.

Apparently the keeper’s quarters, which were divided into two units, are available for vacation rentals.  This would absolutely make my bucket list!

IMG_3460 2Located in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore City, was originally located at the mouth of the Patapsco River.  This screw-pile light was built in 1855 and housed a 4th order Fresnel lens that shone for 12 nautical miles.  Automated in 1949 and replaced with a skeletal tower.

_MG_0928Located at the mouth of Back River at the Southern end of Hart Island,  this iron and wood structure is the “rear” light of the two Craighill Channel Lower Range lighthouses.  When completed in 1875, the Victorian-style keeper’s house was located at the base of the tower with  a 4th order Fresnel lens in the lantern room above the watch room and service room.  Standing 105 feet tall this lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Maryland.

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.

 

Currituck Beach Lighthouse, northern Outer Banks, Corolla Village, NC.  This tall slender beauty is constructed of approximately one million bricks and stands 162 feet.  Left unpainted it is one of the few that reveals the natural brick color.  The first-order lens is the largest Fresnel lens and can be seen from 18 nautical miles.  This lighthouse is open daily for public tours.  The 214 step spiral staircase climbs to a view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks.  For more information visit: http://www.currituckbeachlight.com/

Located just west of the southern tip of Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay, Bloody Point Bar remains active, in spite of it’s perilous past.  Mounted on an iron caisson, the 40 foot round cast iron tower was constructed in 1882.  The following winter storms caused the structure’s stone foundation to be rinsed away, thus causing a 6 degree tilt to the northwest side.  Further damage was halted by the placement of riprap stone at the base to stop the erosion.  In 1884-85 efforts were made to right the tower by dredging and placement of  additional rock forming a “scour apron” around the foundation bringing the tower to within 2 degrees of vertical.  In 1960 the original fourth-order Fresnel lens was destroyed in a fire.  It was replaced with an 300mm acrylic lens with a 54 foot focal plane.

In 2006, Bloody Point was sold to a private owner for the sum of $100,000.  The Nevada lawyer plans to restore the light and dedicate a room to a small brewery, which he hopes will cover the maintenance of the light itself.

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A National Historic Landmark located in the Chesapeake Bay, Thomas Point Shoal Light was constructed in 1825, and replaced in 1838 by another stone tower, but after erosion issues and the falling of the stone tower, the screw-pile structure we see now was constructed in 1875.  The only screw-pile light house still standing in its original site in the Bay sits at the mouth of South River off of Thomas Point.  Equipped with a solar powered 250mm lens and fog horn Thomas Point was automated in 1986, being the last manned lighthouse in the bay.  The original fourth-order Fresnel lens is displayed at the USCG headquarters in Baltimore.  In 2004, The City of Annapolis, The U.S. Lighthouse Society and the Annapolis Maritime Museum, acquired ownership and maintains the structure, the Coast Guard maintains the navigational aids.

Guided tours are available May through September, two weekends per month, from the Annapolis Maritime Museum, reservations required, 410-295-0104.

ImageSandy Point Shoal, erected in 1883, is located just north of the Bay Bridge and can be seen from the Beach of Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. The 3 story caisson type lighthouse was automated in 1963, but in 1979, when the original fourth-order Fresnel lens was vandalized, it was replaced by a solar powered short lantern 300mm lens. After attempts to locate a non profit organization to assume the lighthouse it was sold to a private owner in 2006. Still in operation, but in need of repair, the Coast Guard continues to maintain the navigational aids.

Baltimore Light

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Commissioned on October 1, 1908, with the first lighting of the forth-order Fresnel lens.  This caisson based lighthouse is located in the Baltimore Channel at the mouth of the Magothy River on the Chesapeake Bay.  Sold on eBay in 2006 for $260,000, Baltimore Light is privately owned by BHL, LLC, Annapolis, a partnership of four couples dedicated to the preservation and conservation.  Planning on getting married?  Look up weddings at Baltimore Harbor Light!