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Workday: Historic Ships in Baltimore June 6, 2015

Hobie stencils life ring.

Our June workday on the lightship Chesapeake was a busy one. A dozen volunteers spread out to all the little nooks and crannies of the ship – and there are lots of those. We worked from the fly bridge to the lower deck workshops and from the wardroom to the fidley. There was an interesting …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse May 16 & May 20, 2015

Official plaque from the National Park Service declaring TPSLS a National Historic Landmark in 1999

On May 16th and 20th volunteers headed out to Thomas Point to do some more exterior work on the lighthouse. On Saturday volunteers worked on some of the decking and railing. They installed some posts and railing where the old shed had been. They also did some work on the deck boards. The following Wednesday another …

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Workday: Point Lookout Light Station May 14, 2015

One of the reinstalled windows shines bright.

Volunteers Tony Pasek and Hobie Statzer have made a few trips down to Point Lookout Light Station where they are working with Point Lookout volunteer Chuck Kohls to restore the windows in the old buoy shed that sits next to the lighthouse. The shed has been a fixture on the site since 1883 when the …

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Workday: Concord Point Lighthouse May 5,2015

Hobie taps in last brick.

Chapter volunteers Tony Pasek and Hobie Statzer headed north to Concord Point Lighthouse where they joined Friends of Concord Point President Floyd Dobson in installing the legacy bricks along the walk to and around the lighthouse. They installed 50 new legacy bricks – which meant they had to remove 50 blank bricks. All in all, …

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Workday: Thomas Point – April 27, 2015

Hobie and Dick work on Deck.

Volunteers spent another workday out at Thomas Point early this spring. The crew of eight installed a safety ladder did some deck work where the old Coast Guard shed was and painted some boards for future use as well as the pantry wall. Volunteers: Virginia Crespo Susie Jablinske Dick Moale Tony Pasek Hobie Statzer Karl Talbott Steve …

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Workday: Cove Point Light Station April 18, 2015

Work crew with last two posts removed.

It was a small crew that turned up for a picture perfect day at one of the prettiest sites on the Chesapeake. We met the Calvert Marine Museum’s Curator of Maritime History Richard Dodds at Cove Point Light Station under bright blue skies and a nice breeze off the bay with temperatures in the sixties and climbing. …

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Workday: Historic Ships in Baltimore – March 28, 2015

Lightship Chesapeake in Baltimore's Inner Habor

Our first workday in Baltimore was not exactly spring-like. I had ordered some pleasant springtime weather but what was delivered was a chilly overcast day with intermittent snow showers. If you were coming to Baltimore from the north, I think it was a little more substantial at times. But the ship was a balmy 50 …

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Workday: Thomas Point – March 21, 2015

Captain Howard takes us home.

  We had our first workday of the season to celebrate the inauguration of spring. But someone forgot to tell the weather. Saturday dawned gray and cold after a snowy first day of spring on Friday. Seven volunteers boarded the Audacious and headed out to the light through the gloomy mist. As we approached we …

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2014 Photo Contest Results

First Prize for Drawing by Serenity Love

Twelve photographers entered the 2014 Chesapeake Chapter Photo Contest. The photos were displayed at the celebratory picnic where Chapter members voted for their favorites. While participation was a bit low (there wasn’t a lot of time for entries to be submitted), all the entries were very good and we appreciate those who participated. The categories …

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Workday: Historic Ships In Baltimore – Nov 22, 2014

There was a large crew for the last workday up in Baltimore. It was a brisk day with highs in the 40s. The ship was very cold when we first arrived so one of Greg’s first tasks was to fix the electrical problem that was preventing the heat from working. It’s a good thing Greg …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – Oct 20th and Nov 8th 2014

Photo by Tony Pasek Removing the posts.

On October 20th two volunteers headed out to do some more work at Thomas Point. They had a shortened workday due to the weather – but they still managed to accomplish quite a bit. They finished removing the remnants of the storage shed and began installing deck boards where the raised platform in front of …

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Workday: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse – Oct 3, 2014

Three volunteers went out to focus on the main project of dismantling the dilapidated cantilevered storage shed. Howard used a reciprocating saw to cut the rafters, beams and siding. Tony helped move the old lumber to the decking near the floor hatch and hammered in the old nails so nobody would be injured. All three …

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Timeline: Craighill Channel Lower Range Front Light

(Also known as Craighill Light [Channel named after William Craighill of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and member of the Lighthouse Board] and North Point Range Light. Located off shore, two miles east/southeast of North Point – updated 5/27/2020 1870: Major dredging and enlarging of the channel. 1873: Construction of caisson crib at Havre …

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Timeline: Craighill Channel Lower Range Rear

Craighill Channel Lower Range Rear LighthouseTimeline (Also known as Miller’s Island Lighthouse. Located off-shore, east of Ramona Beach, three miles northeast of Fort Howard– 07/20/14) 1870 Major dredging and enlarging of channel. 1873 60-foot square cofferdam built around site in two feet of water. Foundation piles driven into muddy bottom. Topped with lattice of timbers. …

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Timeline: Choptank River Lighthouse

Choptank Replica

Choptank River Lighthouse (Replica) Timeline (Located at the end of Pier A – Long Wharf Park – Water and High Streets, Cambridge, MD) (08/03/13) 1870 Lightship Choptank River – 41-ton wooden schooner stationed at site while screwpile under construction. 1871 Hexagonal screwpile lighthouse built at Lazaretto Depot, Baltimore, MD , moved by barge and stationed …

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Timeline: Stingray Point Lighthouse

Stingray Point Lighthouse (Replica) Timeline (Located at Stingray Point Marina, Deltaville, VA – off VA Route 33 – 1.8 miles west of the original site on the Chesapeake Bay – 02/24/14) 1858 Original one story hexagonal three-room wood screwpile built on a shoal between the Rappahannock and Piankatank Rivers. 1/1/1859 Fixed white light lit from …

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Workday:Thomas Point Lighthouse – Sept 27, 2014

Slightly less than a dozen volunteers showed up for a pleasant fall workday out on the bay. They were very busy with the task of starting the effort to remove the shed that had been put up by the Coast Guard in more recent years. The shed is not historic and will be dismantled. That …

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Timeline: Lazaretto Point Lighthouse

Lazaretto Point Lighthouse Timeline (Located at pier at Lehigh Cement Corporation – at entrance to Baltimore Harbor – eastern end of I-95 bridge over the Patapsco River – 07/19/14) 1831 Original 31 foot tall brick tower and keepers house built by John Donahoo on grounds of closed smallpox hospital known as Lazaretto Point. Fitted with …

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Timeline: Fort Carroll Lighthouse

Fort Carroll Lighthouse Timeline (Located on Fort Carroll Island in the middle of the Patapsco River– southwest of Key Bridge – 07/20/14) 1848 Brevet-colonel Robert E. Lee of the Army Corps of Engineers selected to supervise construction of fortress on man-made island.. 1850 Island named after Charles Carroll – last living signer of the Declaration …

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Timeline: Craighill Channel Upper Range Rear Lighthouse

Craighill Channel Upper Range (Cut-Off Channel) Rear Lighthouse Timeline (Located on mainland – head of Old Road Bay. On Wharf Road at Sparrows Point Bethlehem Steel Plant -07/21/14) 1886 70-foot white square corrugated ironclad light supported by pyramidal iron framework built on brick foundation .Fitted with 4th-order locomotive light. Six-room wood and brick cottage-style keeper’s …

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Timeline: Craighill Upper Range Front Light

Craighill Channel Upper Range Front (Cut-off Channel) Lighthouse Timeline (Located within 350 feet off North Point; 1.3 miles southeast of the Upper Rear light, on the north side of the mouth of Patapsco River, near Fort Howard, just off Veterans Administration property – 07/21/14) 1886 22 foot tall, two story octagonal brick tower built on the …

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Thomas Point Special Project – Fog Bell Striker Installed

The assembled Gamewell Model 3 Striker in place

Special Project, Bell Striker Clockwork, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse by Bob Stevenson Thursday July 17 and Saturday July 26 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was the home of three of the eight known clockwork bell machines still in existence. One is in the Point Lookout Bell Tower, one is in the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and …

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Workday: Thomas Point – July 26, 2014 and August 9, 2014

July 26 and August 9, 2014 On July 26th eleven volunteers showed up for a very productive workday at Thomas Point. The highlight of the day was when volunteers loaded a fog bell striker that has been stored at the Annapolis Maritime Museum onto the light. There is no bell – but a search is on …

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Workday: Concord Point – July 22, 2014

Hobie works on cupola of Concord Point.

Chapter volunteers Tony Pasek and Hobie Statzer returned to Concord point to help the “Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse” with a project. They met with Friend’s President Floyd Dobson and worked on the exterior siding of the cupola. First they removed old caulk, scraped and cleaned the siding and brass top rail – displacing many …

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Workday: Thomas Point – June 13, 2014

The annual volunteer workday for the crew from Keast & Hood was as usual a very productive workday on the light. Each year, employees of Keast & Hood, a structural engineering company, volunteer their time and talent for a day out at Thomas Point. On this day they replaced two of the deck boards that were …

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Workday Thomas Point: May 17, 2014

Photo by Tony Pasek: Cory Talbott scrapes pedestal.

Volunteers broke out the paintbrushes again and applied a coat of primer to some of the new baseboards for the sitting room. The kitchen area got some attention as some quarter round molding was added to the kitchen floor giving it a more finished look. Volunteers also worked some more on the kitchen pantry – …

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Workday: Historic Ships in Baltimore May 3, 2014

Tony chases the threads for electrical brackets in Fidley.

A small crew showed up for a volunteer day up in Baltimore. There was a lot going on in the inner harbor and there were a lot of people out for a beautiful spring Saturday. We even saw a small parade when we were leaving for the day. Most of the work was dedicated to …

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Workday: Thomas Point – April 12, 2014

Photo by Hobie Statzer. Virginia works on door.

The first Thomas Point workday  for the year was held on Saturday April 12, 2014. Eleven volunteers were kept busy on the official opening of the Thomas Point preservation season. After a cold harsh winter that didn’t seem to want to release it’s grip on us this year it was time to break out the …

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Workday: Concord Point – April 9, 2014

Photo by Tony Pasek. Hobie installs memorial bricks on walkway.

Chapter volunteers helped the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse on a couple of projects in early April. The main project of the day was to install 97 engraved memorial bricks on their Legacy Pathway that goes from the lighthouse entrance to the War of 1812 cannon. Volunteers Hobie Statzer and Tony Pasek worked together and …

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Workday: Historic Ships in Baltimore – March 22, 2014

Anne Puppa and Heidi Moser painting fidley

It was a very pleasant day as nine Chapter volunteers showed up as scheduled at the Chesapeake Lightship in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. There was no snow in sight and temperatures made it into the 60s, though we hear they are calling for some snow yet again next week. Volunteers tackled a number of different chores. …

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