Timeline: Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

(Located at Pier 5, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD – Oldest screwpile lighthouse in Maryland – Revised 5/27/2020)

1855: Light station established at the mouth of the Patapsco River. Second screwpile built on the bay – unique circular design 40 feet in diameter and made of cast-iron. Nearby Bodkin Light decommissioned.

1856: Fourth-order Fresnel lens installed.

1884: Foundation pile damaged by moving ice. 790 cubic yards of riprap added to absorb future attacks by ice.

1918: Keeper Benjamin D. Preston & John L. Ennis are awarded the efficiency pennant in 1918

1933: Last civilian Keeper Thomas J. Steinhise receives Congressional Medal for Heroism for rescuing the five-man crew of the sinking tug Point Breeze during nor’ easter.

1948: Light automated. Deterioration begins.

1988: Coast Guard donates light to the city of Baltimore. Derrick & barge move the 220-ton structure seven miles north to Pier 5, Inner Harbor.
Restoration begins with help from Steinheise family.

1997: Lighthouse becomes part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum and serves as the offices of The Living Classrooms Foundation.

2008: BMM merges with USS Constellation Museum. Lighthouse becomes part of Historic Ships in Baltimore. LCF retains an office in the lighthouse.

Source: Bay Beacons by Linda Turbyville

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