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An Alphabetical Listing of Lighthouse Files Held by the Historian's Office

An Alphabetical Listing of Lighthouse Files Held by the Historian's Office
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Abagadasset Point Range Light (ME)

Absecon Light (NJ)

Admiralty Head Light (WA)

Aguadilla Light (PR)

Ahukini Breakwater (HI)

Alactraz Light (CA)

Alia Point (HI)

Algoma Light (WI)

Alki Point Light Station (WA)

Alligator Reef (FL)

Alpena Light (MI)

Althorp Rock (AK)

Ambrose Tower Light (NY)

Amelia Island Light (FL)

American Shoal Light (FL)

Amite River (LA)

Anacapa Island Light (CA)

Anacortes Light (WA)

Anastasia Island Light (FL)

Anchor Point (AK)

Anclote Key Light (FL)

Angel Island Light (CA)

Angle Point (AK)

Annisquam Harbor Light (MA)

Ano Nuevo (CA)

Apalachicola Light (FL)

Apostle Islands Light (WI)

Aransas Pass Light (TX)

Arecibo Light (PR)

Arlington Cut Range Light (FL)

Arnold Point Range Light (MD)

Ashcroft Light (OH)

Ashland Breakwater Light (WI)

Ashtabula Harbor Light (OH)

Assateague Island Light (VA)

Asusak Island Light Atchafalaya (LA)

Atlantic Highlands Breakwater Light (NJ)

Aunt Phebe Rock Light (NY)

Au Sable Light (MI)

Avery Point Light (CT)

Avery Rock Light (ME)

 

Back River Light (VA)

Baily Creek Flats (VA)

Baileys Harbor Light (WI)

Baker Shoal Range (DE)

Bakers Island Light (MA)

Bakers Island Light (ME)

Bald Head Light (NC)

Baliz (LA)

Ballast Point (CA)

Baltimore Light (MD)

Baranofs Castle (AK)

Barataria Bay (LA)

Barbers Point Light (HI)

Barnegat Light (NJ)

Bass Harbor Light (ME)

Bass River (MA)

Battery Gladden (AL)

Battery Point (CA)

Bay Furnace Light (MI)

Bayfield Light (WI)

Bayou Andre Light (LA)

Bayou Bonfouca (LA)

Bayou Rigolettes (LA)

Bayou St. John (LA)

Bear Island Light (ME)

Beaver Head Light (IL)

Beaver Island Light (MI)

Beavertail Light (RI)

Belhaven (NC)

Belle Isle Light (MI)

Bellevue Range Rear Light (DE)

Bells Rock Light (VA)

Bergen Point Light (NJ)

Big Bay Point Light (MI)

Big Sable Light (MI)

Billingsgate Light (MA)

Biloxi Light (MS)

Bird Island Light (MA)

Bishop & Clerks Light (MA)

Black Rock Light (RI)

Blakistone Island Light (MD)

Bligh Reef Light (AK)

Block Island Light (RI)

Block Island North Light (RI)

Block Island Southeast Light (RI)

Bloody Point Bar Light (MD)

Bloody Point Range Light (SC)

Blue Hill Bay Light (ME)

Bluff Point Light (NY)

Bluff Shoal Light (NC)

Boca Grande Rear Range (FL)

Bodie Island (NC)

Bois Blanc Light (MI)

Boliver Point Light (TX)

Bodkin Rock Light (CT)

Bonfouca Light (LA)

Boon Island (ME)

Boothbay Harbor (ME)

Borden Flats Light (MA)

Boston Light (MA)

Braddock Point Light (NY)

Brandywine Shoal Light (DE)

Brant Island Shoal Light (NC)

Brant Point Light (MA)

Brazos River (TX)

Brazos Santiago Light (TX)

Breakers Point Light (HI)

Brenton Reef Offshore Light (RI)

Brewerton Channel Range Light (VA)

Bridgeport Breakwater Light (CT)

Bridgeport Harbor Light (CT)

Bristol Ferry Light (RI)

Browns Head Light (ME)

Browns Head Light (ME)

Bryant Point Light (MA)

Buck Island Light (VI)

Buffalo Light (NY)

Bullocks Point Light (RI)

Burlington Bank (NJ)

Burlington Light (VT)

Burnt Coat Harbor Light (ME)

Burnt Island Light (ME)

Burrows Island Light (WA)

Busby Island Light (AK)

Butler Flats Light (MA)

Buzzards Bay Light (MA)

 

Cabeza de San Juan (PR)

Cabo Rojo (PR)

Cabo San Juan (PR)

Cabras Island Light (PR)

Calcasieu River (LA)

Calumet Harbor (IL)

Cana Island (WI)

Canton Island Boat Channel Light (Kiribati)

Canton Island (Phoenix Islands) Cape Ann (MA)

Cape Arago Light (OR)

Cape Blanco Light (OR)

Cape Canaveral (FL)

Cape Chacon (AK)

Cape Cod Canal (MA)

Cape Cod Light (MA)

Cape Decision (AK)

Cape Disappointment (WA)

Cape Edgecombe (AK)

Cape Elizabeth (ME)

Cape Espenberg (AK)

Cape Fear (NC)

Cape Flattery (WA)

Cape Florida (FL)

Cape Hatteras (NC)

Cape Hanamanioa (HI)

Cape Henlopen (DE)

Cape Henry (WA)

Cape Hinchinbrook (AL)

 Cape Horn Lights (?)

Cape Kumukahi (HI)

Cape Lookout (NC)

Cape Lynch Light (AK)

Cape Mala (CZ)

Cape May (NJ)

Cape Mendocino (CA)

Cape Neddick (ME)

Cape Meares (OR)

Cape Pogue (MA)

Cape Rojo (PR)

Cape Romain (SC)

Cape Romano (FL)

Cape St. Elias (AK)

Cape St. George (FL)

Cape San Blas (FL)

Cape San Juan (PR)

Cape Sarichef (AK)

Cape Spartel (Morocco)

Cape Spencer (AK)

Cape Vincent (NY)

Cardona Island (PR)

Carleton Island (NY)

Carquinez Strait (CA)

Carrabelle (FL)

Carysfort Reef (FL)

Castle Hill (RI)

Castle Rocks (MA)

Cat Island (MS)

Cattle Point (WA)

Cedar Keys (FL)

Cedar Point (MI)

Chambers Island (WI)

Chandeleur (LA)

Channel Island Light (?)

Chapel Hill (NJ)

Chapin Island Range (AK)

Charleston (SC)

Charlevoix (MI)

Charlotte Amalie (VI)

Charlotte Harbor (FL)

Chatham Light (MA)

Cheboygan River (MI)

Chefuncte River (see Tchefuncte)

Cherry Island (DE)

Chesapeake (VA)

Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (MD/DE)

Chester Range (PA)

Chetco River Light (OR)

Chicago Harbor (IL)

Choctaw Point (AL)

Choptank River (MD)

Christiana North Jetty (DE)

Clark’s Point Light (MA)

Cleveland (OH)

Cleveland Ledge (OH)

Clinton River (MI)

Clopper’s Bar (TX)

Cobb Point Bar (MD)

Cockspur Light (GA)

Coconut Point (HI)

Cohansey (NJ)

Colchester Reef (VT)

Cold Spring Harbor (NY)

Columbia River Lights (OR)

Colvos Passage (WA)

Coney Island (NY)

Conanicut (RI)

Concord Point (MD)

Conimicut (RI)

Conover (NJ)

Conneaut (OH)

Coos Bay (OR)

Copper Harbor (MI)

Coquille (OR)

Corpus Christi (TX)

Cosgrove Shoal Light (FL)

Cottonwood Island (OR)

Courthouse Point (MD)

Cove Point (MD)

Coxsackie (NY)

Crabtree Ledge (ME)

Craighill Channel (MD)

Cranberry Island (NS)

Craney Island (VA)

Crescent City (CA)

Crisp Point (MI)

Croatan Shoal (NC)

Crooked River (FL)

Cross Ledge Light (NJ)

Cubits Gap (LA)

Cuckolds Light (ME)

Culebrita Island (PR)

Cumberland Head (NY)

Currituck Beach (NC)

Curtis Island (ME)

Cuttyhunk (MA)

 

Dames Point (FL)

Danskammar (NY)

Daufuskie Island (SC)

Deepwater Point Range (NJ)

Deepwater Shoals (VA)

Deer Island (MA)

Deer Island Thorofare (ME)

Delaware Breakwater (DE)

Delaware Breakwater Front Range (DE)

Derby Wharf (MA)

Desdemona Sands (OR)

Destruction Island (WA)

DeTour Reef (MI)

Detroit River (MI)

Devil’s Island (WI)

Dewey Rocks Light (AK)

Diamond Head (HI)

Diamond Island Ledge Light (ME)

Diamond Shoal (NC)

Dice Head (ME)

Dofflemeyer Point (WA)

Dog Island (FL)

Doubling Point (ME)

Drum Point (MD)

Drummond Island (MI)

Dry Spruce Island Rock (AK)

Dry Tortugas (FL)

Duck Island Range (MI)

Duck Point Light (?)

Duluth Northern Pier Light (MN)

Duluth Southern Breakwater (MN)

Dumpling Rock (MA)

Dunkirk (NY)

Dunlap Reef N.W. End Light (WI)

Dutch Island (RI)

Duxbury Pier (MA)

 

Eagle Bluff (WI)

Eagle Harbor (MI)

Eagle Island (ME)

East Brother Island (CA)

East Charity Shoal (NY)

East Chop (MA)

East Chugach (AK)

East Foreland (AK)

East Pascagoula (MS)

East Rigolets (LA)

East & West Shoal (TX)

Eastern Entrance (MA)

Eastern Point (MA)

Eaton’s Neck (NY)

Eddystone (England)

Edgartown (MA)

Ediz Hook (WA)

Egg Island (NJ)

Egg Rock (ME)

Egg Rock (MA)

Egmont Key (FL)

Elbow of Cross Ledge (NJ)

Eldred Rock (AK)

Elizabeth Island (Bahamas)

Elfin Cove (AK)

Ellis Island (NY)

Elm Tree Range (NY)

Emms Rock (ME)

Enderbury Island (South Pacific)

Erie Point (PA)

Escanaba (MI)

Esopus Meadow (MA)

Eureka Pass Daybeacon (AK)

Execution Rocks (NY)
 

Fair Haven (NY)

Fairhaven Bridge (MA)

Fairport (OH)

Fairway Island (AK)

Falmouth Inner Harbor (MA)

False Point Daybeacon (?)

Farallon (CA)

Farmers Ridges Range (MI)

Father Point (CA)

Faulkner’s Island (CT)

Fenwick Island (DE)

Finns Point (PA)

Fire Island (NY)

Fisherman’s Point (Cuba)

Fisher’s Island (CT)

Fishing Battery (MD)

Five Fingers (AK)

Five Mile Island Light (CT)

Flag Island (MN)

Fleets Bay Light (VA)

Fletcher’s Neck (ME)

Foot Bank (?)

Foreign Light Stations

Foremost Rock Daybeacon (?)

Fort Adams (RI)

Fort Barrancas (FL)

Fort Carroll (MD)

Fort Delaware (DE)

Fort Foote Wharf (MD)

Fort Gratiot (WI)

Fort Jackson Range (GA)

Fort Jefferson (FL)

Fort Lafayette (NY)

Fort Louisa Augusta (VI)

Fort McCree (FL)

For Mifflin (PA)

Fort Niagara (NY)

Fort Point (CA)

Fort Point (ME)

Fort Point (TX)

Fort Pickering (MA)

Fort Ripley Shoal (SC)

Fort Scammel Point (ME)

Fort Sumter (SC)

Fort Tompkins (NY)

Fort Wadsworth (NY)

Fort Washington (NY)

Fort Wood (CT)

Found Island Rock Daybeacon (?)

Four Mile Crib (IL)

Fourteen Foot Bank (DE)

Fourteen Foot Shoal (MI)

Fourteen Mile Point (MI)

Forty Mile Point (MI)

Fox Island (CAN)

Fox River (WI)

Fowey Rocks (FL)

Frankfort Pierhead (MI)

Franklin Island (ME)

Franks Island (LA)

Fransen Island Range (MN)

Frechette Point (MI)

Frederiksted (VI)

Frost’s Point (NH)

Frying Pan Island (MI)

Frying Pan Shoals (NC)

 

Galloo Island (NY)

Gallups Island (MA)

Galveston (TX)

Gambier Bay Entrance Light (AK)

Garden Key (FL)

Gary (IN)

Gasparilla (FL)

Gaspee Point (RI)

Gastineau Channel Light (AK)

Gay Head (MA)

General History Genesee (NY)

George Island (?)

Georgetown (SC)

Gloucester Base (NJ)

Gloucester Breakwater (MA)

Glymont (MD)

Goat Island (ME)

Golovin Bay Light (AK)

Goose Rocks (ME)

Gould Island (RI)

Governors Island (NY)

Grand Haven (MI)

Grand Island Light Station (LA)

Grand Island Harbor (MI)

Grand Marais (MN)

Grand Traverse (MI)

Granite Island (MI)

Grant’s Pass (AL)

Grassy Hammock (CT)

Grassy Island (WI)            

Grassy Island Ledge (WI)

Gravelly Shoals (MI)

Graves Ledge (ME)

Graves Ledge (MA)

Gray’s Harbor (WA)

Gray’s Reef (MI)

Great Aquavitae (MA)

Great Beds (NJ)

Great Captain’s Island (NY)

Great Duck Island (ME)

Great Harbor (MA)

Great Point (MA)

Great Salt Pond (RI)

Great Shoals (MD)

Great Wicomico (VA)


Green Bay (WI)

Green Island (OH)

Green Island (WI)

Greenbury Point (MD)

Greens Ledge (CT)

Grindle Point (MD)

Grosse Isle (MI)

Grosse Point (IL)

Guanica (PR)

Guantanamo (Cuba)

Guard Island (AK)

Gull Island (MI)

Gull Island Rock (MI)

Gull Rocks (RI)

Gustavus Light (AK)

 

Haig Point (SC)

Halfmoon Bay (CA)

Halfmoon Reef (TX)

Halfmoon Shoal (TX)

Halfway Rock (ME)

Hamilton Island (CAN)

Hams Bluff (VI)

Hanamaioa (HI)

Hanapepe (HI)

Hanus Reef (AK)

Harbor Beach (MI)

Harbor Island (NC)

Harbor of Refuge (DE)

Hart’s Landing (MI)

Havre de Grace Light (MD)

Hawk Inlet East Shoal (AK)

Hawea Point (HI)

Head of the Passes (LA)

Heceta Head (OR)

Helm Bay (AK)

Hendricks Head (ME)

Hereford Inlet (NJ)

Heron Neck (ME)

Hermanos Island Rear Daybeacon (AK)

High Island Light (TX)

Highwater Rock Daybeacon (AK)

Hillsboro Inlet (FL)

Hive Island (AK)

Hog Island (MA)

Hog Rock Light (AK)

Holland Harbor (MI)

Holland Island Bar (MD)

Holmes Hale (MA)  

Honolulu Harbor (HI)

Honolulu Channel Light (HI)

Hooper Island (MD)

Hooper Strait (MD)

Horn Island (MS)

Horseshoe Range (PA)

Horseshoe Reef (NY)

Horton’s Point (NY)

Hospital Point (MA)

Hot Island Light (?)

Housatonic River (CT)

Houston Ship Channel (TX)

Howland Island (Pacific)

Hudson City (NY)

Humboldt Bar (CA)

Hunter Bay Daybeacon (WA)

Hunting Island (SC)

Huron Harbor (OH)

Huron Island (MI)

Hyannis Range (MA)

 

Icy Passage Light (AK)

Ida Lewis Rock (RI)

Ilkognak Rock Light (AK)

Indian Island (ME)

Indian Point Range (MI)

Indiana Harbor East Breakwater (IN)

Indiana Waterway Light No. 49 (NC)

Inner Point Light (AK)

Ipswich Range (MA)

Isla Caja de Muertos (PR)

Isla Cardona (PR)

Isle au Haute (ME)

Isle aux Galets (MI)

Isle LaMotte (VT)

Isle of Shoals (NH)

Isle Royale (MI)
 

James Island (MD)

Jeffrey’s Hook (NY)

Jobos Harbor (PR)

Johnson Point (WA)

Jones Inlet (ME)

Jones Point (VA)

Jordan’s Point (VA)

Juniper Island Light (VT)

Jupiter Inlet (FL)
 

Kahoolawe Point (HI)

Kaena Point (HI)

Kahului Entrance Range (HI)

Kailua (HI)

Kalae (HI)

Kalamazoo (MI)

Kalaupapa (HI)

Kalgin Island (AK)

Karheen Passage Daybreak (AK)

Kasnyku Harbor Daybeacon (AK)

Kauhola Point (HI)

Kauiki (HI)

Kaula Rock (HI)

Kaumalapau (HI)

Kawaihae (HI)

Kauna Point (HI)

Keahole (HI)

Keku Strait Daybeacon (AK)

Kenosha (WI)

Kennebec River (ME)

Ketchikan-Thomas Basin (AK)

Ketchikan Light (AK)

Kewalo Basin (HI)

Kewaunee Pierhead (WI)

Keweenah Waterway (MI)

Keweenaw Lower Entrance (MI)

Key Reef Light (AK)

Key West (FL)

Khantaak Island (AK)

Kilauea (HI)

Killock Shoal (VA)

Kingston Flats (NY)

Kinkora (NJ)

Klawak Island Light (AK)

Klokachee Lamp (?)

Kokole Point (HI)

Kuhio Bay (HI)

Kukuihaele (HI)

 

La Pointe (WI)

Lae o Ha Laau Point (HI)

Lahaina (HI)

Lake Borgne (MS) 

Lake Pontchartrain (LA)

Lake St. Clair (MI)

Lake St. George (FL)

Lake Worth Inlet (FL)

Lambert Point (VA)

Lansing Shoal (MI)

Larzatita Island Reef Light (AK)

Latimer Reef (NY)

Laupahoehoe Point (HI)

Laurel Point (NC)

Lauu Point (HI)

Lazaretto Point (MD)

Lehigh (NJ)

Lehua Island (HI)

Lewis Reef (AK)

Libby Island (ME)

Lime Kiln (WA)

Lime Point (CA)

Lincoln Rock (AK)

Liston Range Rear (DE)

Little Creek (?)

Little Cumberland Island (GA)

Little Gull Island (NY)

Little Mark Island (ME)

Little Rapids Cut (MI)

Little River (ME)

Little Sable (MI)

Little Traverse (MI)

Lloyd Harbor (NY)

Long Beach (CA)

Long Beach Bar (NY)

Long Island Head (MA)

Long Point (MA)

Long Point (NC)

Long Shoal (NC)

Looe Key (FL)

Lorain West (OH)

Los Angeles (CA)

Love Point (MD)

Lovells Island (MA)

Low Point (CAN)

Lower Cedar Point (MD)

Lower Little Island (NY)

Lower Range (MA)

Lower Thoroughfare Range (MD)

Lubec Channel (ME)

Ludington (MI)

Ludlam Beach (NJ)

Lynde Point (CT)

Lynn Harbor (MA)
 

Machias Seal (CAN)

Magothy River (MD)

Mahon River (DE)

Mahukona (HI)

Makapuu Point (HI)

Manana Island (ME)

Manistee (MI)

Manistee Pierhead (MI)

Manistique (MI)

Manitou (MI)

Manitowoc (WI)

Mantua Creek (NJ)

Maplin Sand Light (England)

Marblehead (OH)

Marblehead (MA)

Marcus Hook (DE)

Mare Island (CA)

Marine City Range Light (MI)

Marquette Light (MI)

Marquette Breakwater (MI)

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse (CA)

Marrowstone Point (CT)

Marshall Point Light (ME)

Martin Reef (MI)

Mary Island (AK)

Maryland Point (MD)

Matagorda Bay Light (TX)

Mathias Point Shoal Light (VA)

Matinicus Rock Light (ME)

Mattituck (NY)

Maumee Bay (OH)

Maurice River (NJ)

Maxfield Point (VT)

Maxwell Point Light (SC)

Mayo Beach (MA)

McClellan Rock Light (AK)

McGregor Point Daybeacon (HI)

McGulpins Point (MI)

Meares Island (CAN)

Mendenhall Bar (AK)

Mendota Light (MI)

Menominee Pierhead Light (WI)

Merrill’s Shell Bank (MS)

Merrimac (WI)

Metomkin Point (VA)

Miah Maull Shoal Light (DE)

Michigan City Light (IN)

Michigan Island (WI)

Middle Island (MI)

Middle Neebish (MI)

Midway Rock Light (CA)

Mile Rocks Light (CA)

Milolii (HI)

Milwaukee Breakwater (WI)

Milwaukee Pierhead (WI)

Minneapolis Shoals (MI)

Minor Island (WA)

Minor Island/Tansy Point (WA)

Minot’s Ledge (MA)

Mispillion River (DE)

Mission Point (MI)

Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MS)

Mite Head (?)

Mitrofania Island (AK)

Mobile Bay (AL)

Mobile Point (AL)

Molasses Reef (FL)

Molokai (HI)

Molokini Light (HI)

Mona Island (PR)

Monhegan Island (ME)

Montreal River Light (MI)

Monroe (MI)

Monomoy Point Light (MA)

Montauk Point (NY)

Moos Head (OR)

Moose Peak (ME)

Meriches Light (NY)

Morris Island (SC)

Morro Bay (CA)

Mosquito Bank Light (FL)

Moss Landing (CA)

Mount Desert Island Light (ME)

Mud Island Rear Light (PA)

Muertos Island (PR)

Mukilteo Light (WA)

Mule Rock (AK)

Mulholland Point (CAN)

Munising Range (MI)

Murderkill River Range Front (DE)

Murphy’s Dock Light (?)

Muscle Bed Shoal (RI)

Muskegon Pierhead Front (MI)

Myhlen Feldt Point (VI)

Matomkin Light (VA)

 

Nakalele Point (HI)

Nansemond River (VA)

Nanticoke River (MD)

Nantucket (MA)

Napoopoo (HI)

Narranguagus Bay (ME)

Narrow Point (AK)

Narrows Light (MA)

Nash Island (ME)

Natchez (MS)

Nauset (MA)

Navassa Island (Minor)

Navesink (NJ)

Nawilliwilli Harbor Light (HI)

Nayat Point Light (RI)

Neches River (TX)

Ned Point (MA)

Neuse River Light (NC)

New Canal (LA)

New Dorp (NY)

New Dungeness (WA)

New Haven (Outer Breakwater) (CT)

New Haven Harbor (CT)

New London Harbor (CT)

New London Ledge (CT)

New Point Comfort (VA)

Newark Bay (NJ)

Newbern Harbor (NC)

Newbury Harbor (MA)

Newburyport Harbor Range Light (MA)

Newcastle Range (DE)

Newport Beach (CA)

Newport Harbor (RI)

Newport News (VA)

Newport Wharf Light (VT)

Niagara-on-the Lake (NY)

Niblack Daybeach (AK)

Nobska Point (MA)

North Brother’s Island (NY)

North Dumpling Light (NY)

Northeast Corner (?)

North Head (WA)

North Hook Fog Signal (NJ)

North Inian Pass (AK)

North Landing River Beacon (VA)

North Manitou Shoal (MI)

North Pier (PA)

North Point (WI)

North River Bar (NC)

Northwest Passage (FL)
 

Oak Island (NC)

Oak Orchard (NY)

Oakland Harbor (CA)

Ocean Cape (AK)

Ocracoke (NC)

Old Field Point (NY)

Old Mission Point (MI)

Old Orchard Shoal (NY)

Old Plantation Flats (VA)

Old Point Comfort (VA)

Old Reedy Island (DE)

Old Sodus Point (MI)

Ontonagon (MI)

Oregon Inlet (NC)

Orient Point Light (NY)

Oswego Light (NY)

Otstota Island (AK)

Owls Head (ME)

Outer Island Light (WI)

Oyster Bayou (LA)

 

Pacific Reef Light (FL)

Pages Rock (VA)

Pago Pago (American Samoa)

Palaoa Point (HI)

Palmer Island (MA)

Pamlico Point (NC)

Pascagoula (MS)

Pass a l’Outre (LA)

Pass Christian Light (MS)

Pass Manchac (LA)

Passage Island (MI)

Passaic Light (NJ)

Pastol Bay (AK)

Patos Light (WA)       

Paukaa Point (HI)

Pauwela Point (HI)

Paymyra Light (NJ)

Pea Patch Island (DE)

Peche Isle Range (MI)

Pearse Canal (AK)

Pearl River (LA)

Peck’s Ledge (CT)

Peep Rock Light (AK)

Pelican City (AK)

Pelican Shoal (FL)

Pemaquid (ME)

Penfield Reef (CT)

Peninsula Point (MI)

Pensacola Light (FL)

Pentwater Pierhead (MI)

Pepeeko Point (HI)

Perkins Island (ME)

Perry Island Light (AK)

Perry Memorial Light (OH)

Petit Manan Light (ME)

Pharos of Alexandria (Egypt)

Piedras Blancas (CA)

Pigeon Point (CA)

Pillar Point (NZ)

Pilot Island (WI)

Piney Point (MD)

Pipe Island (WI)

Plattsburgh Beacon (NY)

Plum Beach (RI)

Plum Island (NY)

Plum Island (WI)

Plymouth Gurnet (MA)

Poe Reef (MI)

Point Adams (OR)

Point Alexander Light (CAN)

Point Allerton (CAN)

Point Ancon Light (?)

Point Arden (AK)

Point (Puenta) Arena (CA)

Point Arguello (CA)

Point Augusta (AK)

Point au Fer (LA)

Point Aux Barques (MI)

Point Aux Herbes (LA)

Point Aux Roches (NY)

Point Baker (AK)

Point Betsie (MI)

Point Blunt (CA)

Point Bonita (CA)

Point (Puenta)

Borinquen (PR)

Point Cabrillo (CA)

Point Colpoys Light (AK)

Point Conception (CA)

Point Defer (LA)

Point Diablo (CA)

Point Erie (PA)

Point Fermin (CA)

Point Figuras (PR)

Point Gambier (?)

Point Grenville (WA)

Point Harris (CA)

Point Hilda (AK)

Point Hudson (WA)

Point Hueneme (CA)

Point Judith (RI)

Point Jiguero (PR)

Point Iroquois (MI)

Point Light (?)

Point Loma (CA)

Point Lookout (MD)

Point Montara (CA)

Point Macartney (?)

Point Mulas (PR)

Point No Point (MD)

Point No Point (WA)

Point Orchard (WA)

Point of Shoals (VA)

Point Pigal (AK)

Point Pinos (CA)

Point Retreat (AK)

Point Reyes (CA)

Point Robinson (WA)

Point Sal (CA)

Point Tuna (PR)

Point Sherman (AK)

Point Sur (CA)

Point Vicente (CA)

Point Wilson (WA)

Pollock Rip Beacon (MA)

Pombam Rocks (RI)

Ponce de Leon (FL)

Ponce Harbor Front Range (PR)

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Lighthouse materials available here are an expanded version of the National Park Service's Inventory of Historic Light Stations.  This site incorporates the National Park Service's Inventory as well as light station files that are maintained by the Coast Guard Historian's Office.  A special thanks is owed to Ms. Candace Clifford of the National Maritime Initiative and author of the Inventory of Historic Light Stations for her permission to utilize the Inventory.

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Hooper Island Light Station

July 2, 2019
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Hooper Island Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay, west of Middle Hooper Island, Dorchester County, Maryland

HOOPER ISLAND LIGHT

Location:  Eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay off Hooper Island.
Date Built:  1902
Type of Structure:  Caisson with iron dwelling / tower (spark plug)
Height:  63 feet above mean high water
Characteristics:  Flashing white
Foghorn:  Yes
Builder:  Variety Iron Works Co. / Toomey Brothers
Appropriation:  $60,000
Range:  9 miles
Status:  Standing and Active

Historical Information: 

  • In 1897 funds were requested for a light to protect mariners from 30 miles of shoals on the Eastern side off the main Chesapeake Bay channel between Cove Point and Smith Point lights. In July the following year $60,000 was approved and a contract was awarded in 1899 to the Variety Iron Works Company. The materials were delivered over a month late and their subcontractor failed begin work. The contract was consequently re-bid and re-awarded in 1900 to Toomey Brothers of Guiford, CT for $29,000 (the materials having already been delivered by Variety Iron Works). The caisson was partially assembled in Baltimore and towed down the Bay. Further layers were added at a harbor in the Patuxent River and from there it was towed to the construction site and sunk in July 1901. The construction of earlier caisson foundations entailed floating them to the site and slowly filling them with stone and concrete, adding layers of ironwork as the caisson was slowly sunk to the bottom. While some bottom preparation was performed, the caisson was seated largely by its own weight. In contrast to these earlier lights, the new Hooper Island caisson was sunk using the “pneumatic” method. Like the earlier caissons, it was filled with cement and sunk into place. However, an air shaft was installed through the concrete, leading to a working chamber at the bottom. This allowed men to work within the caisson excavating the site’s sand bottom through the aid of an air pump. (The caisson workers were sometimes referred to as “sand hogs”.) 
  • The caisson was completed in October and surrounded by rip rap stone to prevent scour.  Work continued on the tower through February when it was halted due to winter weather.
  • The light was completed, with little in the way of mishaps, and a fourth order Fresnel lens was exhibited, on June 01, 1902. 
  • In the late 1930s an air diaphragm foghorn and generator system was installed.
  • The lighthouse was fully automated in November of 1961.
  •  In the mid-1970s the Fresnel lens was stolen.

Researched and written by Matthew B. Jenkins, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Light House Society.

  • Lighthouse was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 2 December 2002.

Hooper Island Light Station's National Register of Historic Places Nomination


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1. Name of Property

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historic name: Hooper Island Light Station

other names/site number: D-644

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2. Location

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street & number: N/A not for publication: N/A

city or town: west of Hooperville vicinity X

state: Maryland code: MD county: Dorchester code: 019

zip code: N/A

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3. State/Federal Agency Certification

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As the designated authority under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1986, as amended, I hereby certify that this nomination meets the documentation standards for registering properties in the National Register of Historic Places and meets the procedural and professional requirements set forth in 36 CFR Part 60. In my opinion, the property meets the National Register Criteria. I recommend that this property be considered significant statewide. (___See continuation sheet for additional comments.)

Captain, U. S. Coast Guard,

Chief, Office of Civil Engineering 2/22/02

Signature of certifying official Date

Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard

State or Federal agency and bureau

In my opinion, the property ____ meets ____ does not meet the National Register criteria. (___ See continuation sheet for additional comments.)

_____________________________________ ________________

Signature of commenting or other official Date

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State or Federal agency and bureau

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4. National Park Service Certification

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I, hereby certify that this property is:

____ entered in the National Register ______________________

___ See continuation sheet.

____ determined eligible for the ______________________

National Register

___ See continuation sheet.

____ determined not eligible for the ______________________

National Register

____ removed from the National Register ______________________

____ other (explain): _________________

__________________________________ ______________________

Signature of Keeper Date of Action

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5. Classification

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Ownership of Property (Check as many boxes as apply)

___ private

___ public-local

___ public-State

X public-Federal

Category of Property (Check only one box)

___ building(s)

___ district

___ site

X structure

___ object

Number of Resources within Property

Contributing Noncontributing

_____ _____ buildings

_____ _____ sites

1 _____ structures

_____ _____ objects

1 0 Total

Number of contributing resources previously listed in the National Register 0

Name of related multiple property listing: Light Stations of the United States

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6. Function or Use

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Historic Functions (Enter categories from instructions)

Cat: transportation Sub: water-related

Current Functions (Enter categories from instructions)

Cat: transportation Sub: water-related

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7. Description

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Architectural Classification (Enter categories from instructions):

No Style

Materials (Enter categories from instructions):

foundation: caisson

roof: metal

walls: metal

other:

Narrative Description (Describe the historic and current condition of the property.)1

Description Summary

The Hooper Island Light Station consists of a wooden caisson supporting a round 33-foot in diameter, cement-filled cast-iron cylinder, approximately 36 feet in height, upon which sits a circular metal tower 18 feet in diameter at its base and tapering to 17 feet in diameter at its top. A one-story black iron lantern surmounts the tower. As is the case with caisson-type lighthouses, this is an integral station, i.e., the keeper's quarters, fuel storage areas, and lantern room are all part of the same structure. The first four stories of the tower housed the keeper's quarters and storage. A lower gallery surrounds the tower at the bottom, and an upper gallery surrounds the top. A smaller one-story circular tower, in which the watchroom is located, surmounts the tower. This is then surmounted by the lantern. A second smaller upper gallery surrounds the lantern. The Hooper Island Lighthouse is located in about 18 feet of water, approximately three miles west of Hooperville, Upper Hooper Island, middle Chesapeake Bay, Dorchester County, Maryland. Owned and managed by the U.S. Coast Guard in District 5, access to the station is via boat.

General Description2

Hooper Island Lighthouse was constructed using the pneumatic process of sinking the caisson. The base of the cast-iron cylinder was fitted with a wooden caisson containing an airtight compartment and air lock. The caisson assemblage was towed to the required location and sunk. Water was then pumped out of the work chamber. Workers in this chamber would shovel and/or pump material away from the cutting edge of the caisson while weight, in the form of concrete and stone, was added above. When the final depth was achieved, the air lock and compartment were also filled with concrete. As of 1917, there were only 11 light structures supported by foundations installed by the pneumatic process in the United States.3

On top of this foundation inside the cast-iron plates, a lower level, or cellar, lined with brick masonry was constructed. These masonry walls support the cast-iron tower, which takes the form of a truncated cone. The diameter of the tower is 18 feet at the base, and the caisson diameter is 33 feet, which provides room for an outside gallery. The four-story tower is surmounted with a watch room and lantern. The other caisson lighthouses in Maryland lack this watch room level above the tower; the upper tower gallery usually surrounds only a lantern (Newport News Middle Ground Lighthouse, Virginia, uses a similar design).

The cylinder is painted brown. The tower is painted white, and the lantern and watch room are painted black. The structure originally had a roof over the gallery, but this has been removed. Lighthouses of this general appearance are commonly referred to as "spark plugs."

Tower, Foundation

The cast-iron cylinder bolted unto the caisson is approximately 36 feet from the mud line to the gallery deck. Only the upper 18 feet is visible above the high waterline. The visible portion of the caisson is in fair condition. There are cracks adjacent to the integral flanges of the iron plates. The upper tier of plates flares outward like a trumpet to give the gallery deck a wider diameter. Access to the gallery is provided through a hatchway where the flare is discontinued on the east and west side of the structure. The steel hatch on the east side is padlocked. The hatch on the west side of the structure is missing. The boarding ladder on the east side is in poor condition and the rails appear to be damaged by boats impacting the ladder during landings. The original cast-iron deck and gallery roof were removed. A concrete deck was added on the gallery in 1989.

Railing sleeves were cast into the concrete deck to accept the posts of the handrail. The steel pipe handrail consists of 3-inch-diameter vertical posts with 2-inch-diameter horizontal rails. There are three equally spaced rails with the bottom rail approximately 8 inches above the concrete deck. The posts are spaced approximately on 7-foot centers.

Tower, Lower Level

Access to the lower level is by a cast-iron staircase that wraps the interior masonry lining. The stair was constructed of tread and stringer sections that are bolted together to achieve the required height. Located in the center of the lower level, is a large hollow iron column. The 13-inch-diameter column at one time provided the free fall area for the counterweight of the mechanical fog bell striking device. The counterweight is visible at an access hatch in the base of the column. The column's primary function was to carry the floor loads of the structure. The top of the column supports pie-shaped radial iron plates that have been bolted together at integral flanges that are turned upward. Some of the piping from the gutter system that filled water for the cisterns and piping for getting water up to the kitchen is still in place.

The cast-iron cylinder plates at the upper level (above water level) have been lined with brick masonry on the interior. Masonry arches support the superstructure of the tower. Radial iron beams support the vaulted masonry arches below the gallery.

Tower, Exterior

The superstructure is constructed of cast-iron plates. The tower consists of five tiers of cast-iron plates bolted together at the integral flanges, which are turned inward. The cantilevered brackets that support the watch-level gallery deck are bolted to the narrow fifth tier. Directly below the sill of the second-floor windows, there is a small lip bolted to the iron plates that at one time partially supported the gallery roof. Remnants of the roof are still riveted to the lip. Below the iron lip, are remnants of the bolts that connected goose necked radial roof beams to the superstructure. The five window openings on the structure are all surrounded by decorative cast-iron pediment, jamb, and sill. A large steel plate is bolted over one of the first-level window openings.

Tower, Interior

Access to the interior of the structure is through a four-panel wood door on the west side of the structure. There are two window openings on the first level. One window has a two-over-two wood sash with no glazing, and the other window has a similar sash that has been protected with an unvented acrylic sheet. On the second level, the original two-over-two wood sash windows are still in place, and two of the windows have been covered with unvented acrylic sheets. The third sash has not been covered, and some of the glazing is missing. There are three windows on the third level, none of which have been covered with acrylic. The original two-over-two wood sash is in place although some of the glazing is missing. The fourth level has five porthole-type windows.

Tower, First Level

The lining consists of a white glazed masonry, providing a clean appearance. Only the face bricks were glazed, as can be seen at the masonry openings. The window opening covered with a steel plate has had the interior masonry lining removed below the sill, probably to allow equipment access to the first level when a generator powered the automated light. The first level served as the galley. Facing north, there is a small window that overlooks what at one time was the cabinet that held the kitchen sink. The cabinet is partially remaining although the doors and drawers have been removed. The flooring at this level is wood nailed to sleepers laid between the flanges of the floor plates. The wood flooring has been covered with carpet. Where it is visible, the wood flooring appears to be in poor condition.

The interior wall of the stairway has 3-inch iron plates that are butt joined with a splice plate. The stairs have iron treads and risers that are bolted to the iron-plate wall and are pocketed into the masonry lining. The central column has been painted to look like a barber pole. The ceiling at this level also has radial cast-iron plates, which are pie-shaped and bear on the interior column.

Tower, Second Level

The terra cotta masonry lining continues on the second level. The ceiling is painted white along with the stairway wall and central column. The flooring is a varnished hardwood. There is a quarter-round wood trim at the floor and masonry interface. The windows at this level still have the original two-over-two wood sashes in place. All of the windows have the original storm sash in place. The storm sashes are a one-over-one casement assembly. The window adjacent to the stair is uncovered and has no glazing. The masonry openings have a segmental arch header course above the windows. There is a closet area below the staircase to the third level, which has what appears to be an original four-paneled wood door in place. Adjacent to the closet, is a flue that has been built using the white glazed brick. The door to the stairway is still in place, although it is in poor condition.

Tower, Third Level

The third level continues use of masonry lining. The central column and the iron plates for the fourth level above have been painted white. The three windows at this elevation have the original sash and storm sash in place. There is glazing in both the sash and storm sash. The masonry openings in the lining differ at this elevation in that they are trimmed with wood. The remnant of an original cabinet, constructed of beaded board, is situated at this level away from the masonry to which it was originally attached. The racked frame is in poor condition. The door to the stairway is also still in place though it is in poor condition. The flooring at this level is in excellent condition.

Tower, Fourth Level

The fourth level also has a central column that has been painted white. The wood flooring is in poor condition. Several areas are water damaged and have rotted. The white glazed masonry is in very good condition. This level has five round porthole-type windows. The original window frames have been removed, and the openings have been covered with clear acrylic. The masonry openings in the lining are square and have wood trim. The openings are approximately 13 1/2 inches in diameter. The ceiling at this level consists of beaded board nailed against sleepers anchored between the flanges of the deck plates above. The watch level, as viewed from below, is constructed of pie-shaped iron plates similar to the other levels except that the flanges are turned down. The ceiling is in fair condition; however, some portions of the wood finish are water damaged. A curved iron ship's ladder provides access to the watch through a hatchway.

Tower, Watch Level

The interior iron deck has a diamond-plate surface. The exterior walls are lined with beaded board painted white. The exterior watch level deck is accessed through a four-paneled door, which does not appear to be original. There is a curved ship's ladder in the middle of the room that provides access to the lantern level. In the center of the floor, there is a small round plate that has a slot in it that presumably allowed for the passage of the cable that held the counterweights for the fog bell-striking machine. There is a fixed-sash, six-pane, wood-framed window that faces east. The window has no glazing in place. There is a small cabinet that has been covered with sheet metal directly below the window.

The exterior deck plates at the watch level are also diamond plate. The plates appear to be in very good condition. The watch deck cantilevers over the edge of the tower. Decorative iron brackets support the cantilevered deck. The interface between the circular watch room and the deck plates appears to be weather tight although it has not been caulked. The watch room is constructed of flanged iron plates similar to the foundation cylinder. The joints at the flange connections are barely visible. The hinges of the original cast-iron storm door are still attached to the doorframe although the door has been removed.

The watch-level balustrade consists of posts at approximately 5-foot centers, a top, intermediate, and bottom rail, and 3/4-inch balusters on 6-inch centers. The posts are bolted to the drop finial on the cantilevered brackets. The posts are round with a decorative round finial on top. The top rail is a flat bar approximately 3 inches wide by 2 inches thick. The intermediate rail is 6 inches below the top rail. The balusters are located between the intermediate and bottom rails. On the south side of the structure, there are two solar panels connected to the railing.

There is a large solar-powered foghorn on the west side of the structure. Vestiges of the original fog bell support remain on the deck. There is a small hole in the watch-room wall plates that would have allowed the striker hammer to pass through and hit the fog bell. The lantern deck cantilevers approximately a foot over the watch room wall.

Tower, Lantern Level

The hatchway to the lantern is also fitted with a split trap door assembly. The lantern level deck plates are diamond pattern. A central iron pedestal, which looks to be original, supports the lantern. The lantern is round and has a full-sized door facing southeast. There are four ventilators in the parapet wall; the interior brass regulators are missing. The lining of the lantern parapet wall is constructed of cast-iron plates. The plates have butt joints that are covered with a narrow splice plate.

The panes of the lantern are diamond shaped and curved to the circumference of the round lantern. They appear to be in good condition except at one location, where a small 2-inch-wide by 3-inch-long piece of glass is missing. The mullions and clamps all appear to be in good condition with the majority of bolts in place. The original mill markings are still visible on the mullions.

The handrail at the lantern level consists of only a flat bar rail supported by eight 1-inch-diameter posts. The lower hinge on the cast-iron door is broken. Two of the bolts are still in place although the heads have sheared off. The exterior of the lantern house has been recently painted. The paint is in good condition.

The cast-iron roof of the lantern is round and the underside of the roof has been lined with sheet metal. A vent at the peak of the ceiling allows for air movement through the roof top ventilator ball. The holes in the ventilator ball have all been filled in except for one.

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8. Statement of Significance

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Applicable National Register Criteria (Mark "x" in one or more boxes for the criteria qualifying the property for National Register listing)

X A Property is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history.

____ B Property is associated with the lives of persons significant in our past.

X C Property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction.

____ D Property has yielded, or is likely to yield information important in prehistory or history.

Criteria Considerations (Mark "X" in all the boxes that apply.)

____ A owned by a religious institution or used for religious purposes

____ B removed from its original location

____ C a birthplace or a grave

____ D a cemetery

____ E a reconstructed building, object, or structure

____ F a commemorative property

____ G less than 50 years of age or achieved significance within the past 50 years

Areas of Significance (Enter categories from instructions):

Maritime History

Transportation

Architecture

Period of Significance: 1902-1952

Significant Dates: 1902, 1904, and 1937

Significant Person (Complete if Criterion B is marked above): N/A

Cultural Affiliation: N/A

Known Design Source: none

Architect/Builder: Toomey Brothers of Guilford, Connecticut, for the U.S. Light-House Board

Narrative Statement of Significance (Explain the significance of the property.)

The Hooper Island Light Station is significant for its association with federal governmental efforts to provide an integrated system of navigational aids and to provide for safe maritime transportation in the Chesapeake Bay, a major transportation corridor for commercial traffic from the early nineteenth through twentieth centuries. This pneumatic caisson lighthouse embodies a distinctive design and method of construction that typified lighthouse construction on the Chesapeake Bay during the late half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of the eleven pneumatic caisson lighthouses built in the United States, seven were built in the Chesapeake Bay; three were built in the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay (Wolf Trap Lighthouse, 1894, Smith Point Lighthouse, 1897, and Thimble Shoal Lighthouse, 1914); and four in the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay (Solomons Lump Lighthouse, 1895, Hooper Island Lighthouse, 1902, Point No Point Lighthouse, 1905, and Baltimore Lighthouse, 1908).4 Hooper Island Lighthouse is the only cast-iron caisson lighthouse in Maryland with a watch room and lantern surmounted on the tower.

History

Hooper Island received a lightship at least as early as 1855 and had been "thoroughly repaired and refitted" in 1856. During the Civil War, this lightship was either "removed and sunk or destroyed by the insurgents." A lightship was back on duty at least by 1866 when it reported a leak. Exactly when this lightship station was abandoned is unknown, but a request for the establishment of navigational aids between Cove and Smith Points, including Hooper Island, was made in 1897. The Lighthouse Board stated that,

There is a stretch of about 30 miles between Cove Point and Smith Point which should be better lighted. For a part of the distance navigators are without a guide, where a deviation from the sailing course might carry vessels of heavy draft onto dangerous shoals. There are many of this class of craft trading to Baltimore, and their number is increasing. The shore on the west side of the bay hereabouts is bluff and can be more easily seen at night than that on the eastern side, which is low. The shoals to be dreaded lie along the latter, and a light placed near that vicinity would be a great aid to navigation. It is estimated that a proper light can be established here for not exceeding $60,000, and it is recommended that an appropriation of this amount be made therfor.5

These lights were necessary to divert ships, especially those of deep draft, away from the nearly 30 miles of shoals along the Eastern Shore of Maryland. On July 1, 1898, Congress authorized up to $60,000 for the establishment of a light and fog signal near Hooper Island, appropriating $30,000. A second appropriation of $30,000 was approved on March 3, 1899. By 1899, contracts of $18,955 were awarded to Variety Iron Works, Co. of Cleveland for the metal work and $29,000 to Toomey Brothers of Guilford, Connecticut, for the construction of the lighthouse. A third contract called for the supplying of the fog bell and supporting yoke. The complete order of metalwork for the lighthouse was not delivered until December 21, 1899, though the contract called for delivery by September 13. The contractor was not able to begin construction on time because of this delay, and the contract was annulled in May 1900. The contract was re-advertised for bids on June 14, and the lowest bid, of $31,300 by Toomey Brothers, was accepted; work began on February 4, 1901.

The caisson, with two tiers of cast-iron plate forming the foundation cylinder and 12 inches of concrete to serve as ballast, was launched on May 21, 1901. A temporary pier and work platform was completed at the site on June 23, 1901. By the end of June, the fifth course of plates had been bolted to the caisson and the assemblage towed by tug to the site on July 6, 1901. Workers proceeded to fill the cylinder with concrete and to sink the caisson and partially completed iron cylinder to the required depth of 13 1/2 feet below the mud line. The weight of the assemblage, now containing a 30-foot thickness of concrete, as well as, the use of sand pumps got the assemblage down 5 feet, 10 inches. At this point, about 300 tons of riprap was placed around the cylinder to prevent bottom scour. Continued pumping and adding of concrete got the assemblage to its desired depth on August 31. The final courses of cast-iron plates forming the cylinder were completed on September 17. The upper portion of the cylinder was then lined with brick masonry forming the cellar walls that support the iron light tower. Construction on the tower including the brickwork, woodwork, piping, windows, doors, and painting was "practically" completed by February 10, 1902. Additional riprap stone was added in April, and the flashing white light was first lit on June 1, 1902. The original lens was a fourth-order Fresnel manufactured by F. Babier & Company, Paris, in 1888. In 1904, the characteristic of the light was changed to a fixed white with an eclipse every 15 seconds. The 41 1/2-inch-diameter fog bell, manufactured by McShane of Baltimore in 1901, was changed to a Cunningham air diaphragm foghorn in the late 1930s. The fog bell was retained as a backup.6

A 110-volt generator system was installed on August 28, 1937. This replaced a 10-volt battery pack. The fog bell was removed at that time and replaced with an air diaphragm horn. The light was fully automated on November 21, 1961. On September 15, 1976, the Coast Guard found that the original fourth-order Fresnel lens had been stolen. The lower gallery roof was removed some time after automation.7 The current optic is a solar-powered 300 mm lens.

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9. Major Bibliographical References

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Bradner, Lawrence H. The Plum Beach Light: The Birth, Life, and Death of a Lighthouse, 1988.

Clifford, Candace. 1994 Inventory of Historic Light Stations. Department of Interior, National Park Service, History Division, Washington, D.C., 1994.

de Gast, Robert. The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1973.

Holland, F. Ross, Jr. Maryland Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay: An Illustrated History. Maryland Historical Trust, Crownsville, Maryland, in press.

Turbyville, Linda. Bay Beacons: Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay. Eastwind Publishing, Annapolis, 1995.

U.S. Lighthouse Board. Annual Reports, 1867-1902. Department of Commerce and Labor, 1867-1902.

Previous documentation on file (NPS)

___ preliminary determination of individual listing (36 CFR 67) has been requested.

___ previously listed in the National Register

X previously determined eligible by the National Register

___ designated a National Historic Landmark

___ recorded by Historic American Buildings Survey # __________

___ recorded by Historic American Engineering Record #

Primary Location of Additional Data

X State Historic Preservation Office

___ Other State agency

X Federal agency

___ Local government

___ University

___ Other

Name of repository: National Archives; Library of Congress; National Maritime Initiative, National Park Service; U.S. Coast Guard Headquarter, Historian's Office, Washington, D.C.

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10. Geographical Data

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Acreage of Property: Less than one acre

USGS quadrangle: Point No Point, MD

UTM References: Zone Easting Northing

18 390620 4234770

Boundary Description:

The boundary is conterminous with the foundation of the lighthouse.

Boundary Justification:

The boundary completely encompasses the light station.

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11. Form Prepared By

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name/title: Ralph E. Eshelman, Maritime Historian

(Originally prepared for the Maryland Historical Trust as part of a multiple property nomination for Maryland Lighthouses; reformatted in May 1998 by Candace Clifford, NCSHPO consultant to the National Maritime Initiative, as part of a multiple property documentation form for U.S. Coast Guard-owned light stations); edited and revised by Jennifer Perunko, NCSHPO Consultant, National Maritime Initiative, National Park Service, August 2002

organization: Eshelman & Associates

date: February 25, 1996

street & number: 12178 Preston Dr.

city or town: Lusby state: MD zip code: 20657

telephone: 410-326-4877

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Property Owner

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name: U.S. Coast Guard, Fifth District

street & number: 431 Crawfort Street

telephone: (757) 398-6351

city or town: Portsmouth state: VA zip code: 23705


Notes:

1 The following description and associated photographs were reviewed in August 2002 by a US Coast Guard Aid to Navigation team responsible for the property. A document verifying that the description and associated photographs reflect the current condition of the property is on file with the Office of Civil Engineering, US Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.

2 Much of this section taken directly from Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses, Gedell & Associates, Structural Engineers, Wilmington, Delaware, 1991, pp. 263-282.

3 Ralph Eshelman, American Lighthouse Construction Types, part of the Maritime Heritage of the United States National Historic Landmark Theme Context Study on Lighthouses, 1993, unpublished manuscript, National Maritime Initiative, National Park Service, Washington, D.C., p. 36.

4 U.S. Lighthouse Service 1915 (Washington D.C., Government Printing Office 1916), p. 28; Lawrence H. Bradner, The Plum Beach Light: The Birth, Life, and Death of a lighthouse (1988), p. 169; Clifford p. 165 and 173 indicates Alpena Lighthouse and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lighthouse are also pneumatic, but this is apparently incorrect. Bradner gives a date of 1902 for Point No Point Lighthouse while de Gast p. 63 and Clifford p. 130 give a date of 1905.

5 Lighthouse Board, Annual Report, 1855; 1856, p. 600; 1862, p. 152, 1866; and 1897, pp. 37, 98.

6 Lighthouse Board, Annual Reports, 1898, pp. 27, 47, and 106; 1899, p. 102; 1901, p. 107; and 1902, pp. 13 and 125; Linda Turbyville, Bay Beacons: Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay (Eastwind Publishing: Annapolis, 1995), pp. 64, 66; and Robert de Gast, The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1993, p. 135.

7 Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses, p. 263; and Candace Clifford, 1994 Inventory of Historic Light Stations, National Park Service, History Division, Washington, D.C., 1994, p. 128.

NPS Form 10-900 USDI/NPS NRHP Registration Form (Rev. 8-86) OMB No. 1024-0018

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