Timeline: Somers Cove Lighthouse

1867:   Congress appropriates $10,000 to construct a screwpile lighthouse at Somers Cove, MD on March 2.

1867:   Somers Cove Lighthouse, a square screwpile, is completed.

1880:   Somers Cove Lighthouse is repainted.

1891:   Four of the diagonal girders are repaired.

1898:   Keeper William Insley is seriously injured on December 22.

1899:   New model fifth-order lamps are delivered.

1901:   Soundings are made around the lighthouse and various repairs are made.

1928:   The lighthouse is automated and listed as an acetylene light.

1932:   The lighthouse is dismantled. A flashing white light is mounted on a skeletal tower and mounted to the remaining foundation.


  1. Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, various years.
  2. Annual Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of Finances, various years.
  3. Forgotten Beacons, Patrick Hornberger & Linda Turbyville, 1997
  4. The Baltimore Sun, December 24, 1898

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