Sharkfin Shoal Lighthouse

Oct. 15, 2019

Sharkfin Shoal Lighthouse, Nanticoke River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Built in 1892.


Lighthouse Name: Sharkfin Shoal Light
Location: Near Fishing Bay at Maryland’s lower Eastern shore
Date Built: 1892
Type of Structure: screwpile
Height: 44 ft.
Characteristics: white flash every 6 seconds with red sector for nearby shoals.
Lens: 4th order fixed light
Fogbell: yes
Appropriation: $25,000
Construction Material: Wood
Status: No longer standing

 Historical Information:

  • Sharkfin Shoal light was built to replace 1832 Clay Island light
  • According to inspection records the light was repaired in 1909.
  • House taken down in 1964; replaced by an automatic light placed on the old Foundation.

Researched and written by Bill Simms, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Light House Society.