BALTIMORE

Year Established:
1908
Existing:
Yes
File Type:
jpg (image/jpeg)
Photo Date:
2004
Photo Courtesy of:
Mike & Carol McKinney
Collection / Donor:

LOCATION

Location:
SOUTH ENTRANCE TO CRAIGHILL CHANNEL/CHESAPEAKE BAY
Latitude:
39° 3.5'
Longitude:
76° 24'
City / Town:
GIBSON ISLAND
U.S. State:
Maryland
Location County:
ANNE ARUNDEL
Country:
United States

OWNER & ACCESS

Open to Public:
No
Light List Data:
  1. BALTIMORE
Light list data courtesy Gary Riemenschneider

STRUCTURE

Year Tower Established:
1908
Tower Construction Material:
BRICK
Tower Foundation:
PNEUMATIC CAISSON
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
52
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
38
Tower Shape:
OCTAGONAL
Fog Signal Building?:
No
Keeper's Quarters?:
Yes
Year Keeper's Quarters:
1908
Keeper's Quarters Style:
OCTAGON (INTEGRAL)
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
BRICK

OPTICS

Active Aid to Navigation?:
Yes
Current Optic:
250 MM, SOLAR POWERED
Original Optic Type:
FOURTH ORDER
Year Original Lens Installed:
1908
Private Aid:
No
USCG Access to Optics:
No

Comments:

Baltimore Light Station

Historic Significance: High. First and only nuclear powered lighthouse in the United States; site of strontium-90 fuel cell test.  This was the largest wooden caisson built in the United States, perhaps in the world up to this time; and it was the deepest caisson to be sunk in the United States.

Historic Integrity:  Moderate.  The dormers in the mansard roof were taken off when a new roof was installed and then later replaced by the Coast Guard.  Deck fitting such as boat davits around the lower gallery have largely been removed.  Much of the interior paneling on the exterior walls have been removed due to water damage.  Original sash windows and exterior doors have been removed.  Otherwise, the station maintains most of its historic integrity.


Entered by:
t.wheeler
Entered Date:
Jul 20, 2017