Great Shoals Lighthouse

Great Shoals Lighthouse was constructed in 1884 at the entrance to Wicomico River, Chesapeake Bay. The square cottage was pre-fabricated at the Lazaretto Depot in Baltimore and all the components were shipped to the construction site in July 1884. The light was completed in 32 days. In 1884 a fifth order Fresnel lens was installed. This lighthouse was deactivated in 1966 and replaced by a modern automatic light on the old foundation.

Great Shoals Lighthouse
Photo courtesy of Coast Guard.
Remains of Great Shoals Lighthouse
Remains of Great Shoals Lighthouse 2109 by Tony Pasek

 

    Head Keepers:  J.E. Graves (1884), Zebedee Harper (1884 – 1885), Isaac J. Hearn (1885 – 1889), Joseph W. Disharoon (1889-1890), Somerfield Smith (1890 – 1909), Edward R. Somers (1909 – 1912), Charles C. Tyler (1912 – 1917), George S. Holland (1917 – ), Gary E. Powell (1919 – ), Charles C. Tyler (at least 1921), Henry T. McGrath (1924 – at least 1930), Walter F. McDorman (at least 1939 – at least 1942)

    Assistants:  William H. Conway (1884 – 1885), George W. Smith (1885), Isaac J. Hearn (1885), William F. Cathell (1885 – 1887), Robert F. Brewington (1887 – 1888), Joseph W. Disharoon (1888 – 1889), Somerfield Smith (1889 – 1890), Thomas Carew (1891), William M. Insley (1891 – 1893), Howard E. White (1893 – 1895), Daniel A. White (1895 – 1900), Leonard H. Staubly (1900 – 1904), Gary E. Powell (1904 – 1907), Humphrey S. Shores (1906), C.C. Tyler (1906 – 1907), Julius W. Truitt (1907 – 1909), J.O. Casey (1909 – 1910), Gary E. Powell (1910 – at least 1917), William F. McDorman (at least 1918 – 1925), Walter F. McDorman (1925 – at least 1930), Gordy Z. Parks (at least 1939 – at least 1942), Vernon Cooper (at least 1951)

    Updated 5/9/2019


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    GPS: 38.2143,-75.8794


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