Category Archive: Timelines

Timeline: Fishing Battery Lighthouse

(Located on Fishing Battery Island, 2.5 miles below the entrance to the Susquehanna River, Havre de Grace, MD) 1853 Construction of 32-foot tall, integral one and a half story brick lighthouse/dwelling built by John Donahoo. This was his last of 13 lighthouses. Fitted with 5 lamps and reflectors. 1855 Fitted with 6th-order Fresnel lens. 1864 …

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Timeline: Point No Point Lighthouse

(Located six miles north of Point Lookout and nine miles south by southwest of Hooper Island Light) 1902 Construction begins on wooden caisson by Toomey Brothers of New York. 1903 Temporary pier collapses; caisson breaks apart in gale force winds and drifts down the bay, settling near the Rappahannock River, 40 miles south of construction …

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Timeline: Point Lookout Lighthouse

1830    One and one half story integral lighthouse built at the mouth of the Potomac River by John Donahoo of Havre De Grace, MD. James Davis serves as first keeper but dies within months of taking office. 1862   Hammond General Hospital established near lighthouse. 1863   Camp Hoffman (Union Prisoner of War Camp …

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Timeline: Cedar Point Lighthouse

(One of the shorter-lived lighthouse on the Bay) 1896 Three story cottage style structure of wood & brick with a square white tower attached to one corner built on a peninsula near the entrance to the Patuxent River. October 31, 1896 Fourth-order Fresnel lens flashing red at five-second intervals is lit. 1907 First erosion control project initiated. 1928 Lighthouse …

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Timeline: Drum Point Lighthouse

(Located on grounds of Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, MD) 1883 Forty-six foot tall, white hexagonal 1 1⁄2 story cottage on seven wrought-iron screwpiles constructed on the north side of the mouth of the Patuxent River in ten to twelve feet of water, 70 feet offshore. Exhibited a fixed red light with 4th-order Fresnel lens. 1933 …

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Timeline: Cove Point Lighthouse

(Located four miles north of the entrance of Patuxent River, Calvert County, MD. Oldest operating LH in MD- Revised 09/02/08) 1828 Thirty-eight foot tall masonry tower (later raised to 51 feet), marking the shoal that extends offshore near Calvert Cliffs, MD and detached keepers dwelling built by John Donahoo. Fitted with eleven lamps and 18” …

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Timeline: Concord Point Lighthouse

(Northernmost Maryland Lighthouse – located on Susquehanna River in town of Havre de Grace, MD) 1827 Thirty-eight and a half foot tall conical tower of Port Deposit granite and detached keepers’ dwelling built on nearby separate land parcel by John Donahoo. 1827 John O’Neill, local hero from the War of 1812 appointed first keeper. 1855 …

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Timeline: Blackistone Island Lighthouse

(Located on the southern tip of St. Clement’s Island, St. Mary’s County, MD, on the mouth of the St. Marys’ River on the Potomac River. AKA Blakistone Island – revised 8/16/13) 1851 Two story brick dwelling with integral tower built on Blackistone Island by John Donahoo. 2nd last lighthouse built by Donahoo. 1857 Tower fitted …

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Timeline: Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse

1882 37 foot tall iron beacon on 30 foot caisson (similar to Sharps Island light) constructed off the tip of Kent Island. Equipped with 4th order Fresnel lens, foghorn & bell backup. 1883 Gales scour sand from under northwest side of lighthouse and cause six degree tilt. 1884/85 Dredging and construction of a 760 ton …

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Timeline: Baltimore Lighthouse

(Last conventional lighthouse built on Chesapeake Bay) 1895 Construction of lighthouse began. Discovery of deep mud below surface cause delays. 1904 Heavy seas and deep soft mud below caisson surface cause caisson to settle to one side, seven feet off center. 10/12/04 Caisson turned over completely. Contractor abandons project. 1904/06 Foundation righted. Construction resumed. 1907/08 …

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Timeline: Overfalls Lightship

(Located – Lewes & Rehoboth Canal at end of Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Delaware. Lightship designations: LV118, WAL539. The last lightship built by the Lighthouse Service. (04/11/2013) 1938 Built at East Boothbay, Maine by Rice Brothers. 116 feet long, 25 foot beam. Displaces 412 tons. Fitted with Duplex 375mm electric lens lantern. 1938 Stationed at Cornfield …

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Timeline: Old Cape Henry

(Located at Fort Story, northern end of Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA) (Active Military base – Identification, Insurance proof, vehicle search required) (Revised – 03/25/2013) 1791-1792 Ninety-foot tall octagonal tower of sandstone built by John McComb, Jr. of New York for $17,700. First federal works project and first lighthouse built by US government. 1792 Laban …

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Timeline: New Cape Henry

(Located on grounds of Fort Story, northern end of Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA – (Active Military base – Identification, Insurance proof, vehicle search required) (Revised 03/25/2013) 1881 163 foot tall tower of white and black prefabricated cast-iron plates built 350 feet southeast of old tower. Jay Edwards, first keeper lights first-order Fresnel lens. Old …

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Timeline: Chesapeake Light Tower

(Located 13 miles east of Virginia Beach, 14.5 miles ESE of Cape Henry, VA) (Revised – 03/26/2013) 1888-1965 Five Light vessels and LV-116/WAL-538 Chesapeake (1933 to 1965) mark the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. 1965 Chesapeake decommissioned. New, ultra modern lighthouse, an adaptation of an offshore oil drilling platform first used off Texas coast, is …

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Timeline: Cape Charles

(Located on the west side of the south part of Smith Island, seacoast of Virginia, 12 miles NNE of Cape Henry, Manager -VA Nature Conservancy (VA Coast Reserve) – tallest skeletal tower in US) (Revised 03/26/2013) 1828 First lighthouse, 51 foot masonry tower constructed. 1860 Construction of a second lighthouse begun. 1862 Confederate guerillas raid …

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