Category: Baltimore Harbor

Keeper Bio: David W. Collison

Date of Service: 1907 – 1917 1873:   Born on July 30 to Robert & Mary Collison, Maryland. 1907-1909:   Served as the First Assistant at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse in MD. His starting salary was $420/year and his ending salary was $480/year. Early 1900s:   Married his wife Ellen and raised six children. 1909-1912: …

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Timeline: Baltimore Lighthouse

Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse

(Last conventional lighthouse built on the Chesapeake Bay) 1890:   The Lighthouse Board requests $60,000 for a lighthouse to mark the entrance to the Baltimore Channel at the mouth of the Magothy River. 1894:   Congress appropriates $60,000 on August 18, 1894. 1895:   Test borings reveal 55 feet of soft mud before reaching the sand, which causes …

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Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse

Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Board’s original request for $60,000 to build a lighthouse was made in 1890 to mark the entrance to the Baltimore channel at the mouth of the Magothy River.  Those funds were approved by Congress in 1894, but after extensive testing which revealed a layer of soft mud 55 feet below the surface of …

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