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CRAIGHILL CHANNEL LOWER RANGE LIGHTS

State: MARYLAND
Location: CHESAPEAKE BAY
Nearest City: SPARROWS POINT
County: BALTIMORE
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1873



Rear range (above) and front range (at left); NPS photos by Ralph Eshelman, 1995
First Historic Tower (FRONT RANGE):
  • Year Light First Lit: 1873
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1964
  • Foundation Materials: CAST IRON/CONCRETE CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON PLATE W/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: BROWN W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CYLINDRICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 25
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 250 MM, SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 22
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Second Historic Tower (REAR RANGE):
  • Year Light First Lit: 1873
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: 9 GRANITE PIERS
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON/STEEL WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: LOWER WHITE/UPPER FADED RED/GREY LANTERN
  • Shape: PYRAMIDAL SKELETAL W/CYLINDER
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 105
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL RANGE
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL RANGE
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 105
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Fresnel Lens Disposition:

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (FRONT RANGE)
  • Year Constructed: 1873
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL TO TOWER
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: NONE; INTEGRAL KEEPERS FOR REAR RANGE DISMANTLED 1930S

Current Use: ACTIVE AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: HISTORICAL PLACE PRESERVATION INC. (FRONT) / U.S. COAST GUARD (REAR)

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: LISTED, 2002-12-02
Name of Listing: CRAIGHILL CHANNEL LOWER RANGE FRONT LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MPS); CRAIGHILL CHANNEL LOWER RANGE REAR LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MPS)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1981

Miscellaneous:
FRONT RANGE HAS TWO LIGHTS, ONE AT 22 FEET AND ONE AT 39 FEET AND IS 2.4 MILES SOUTH OF REAR RANGE. FRONT RANGE TRANSFERRED TO HISTORICAL PLACE PRESERVATION INC IN 2005 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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