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SHARPS ISLAND LIGHT

State: MARYLAND
Location: SW OF TILGHMAN ISLAND / CHESAPEAKE BAY
Nearest City: FAIRBANK
County: TALBOT
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1838


Sharps Island Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1997
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1882
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1938
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: BROWN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 35
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 250 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1977
  • Height of Focal Plane: 54
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1838
  • Description: INTEGRAL FRAME BUILT TO BE MOVED
  • Fate/Disposition: MOVED IN 1848
  • 2. Construction Date: 1866
  • Description: SCREWPILE
  • Fate/Disposition: DESTROYED BY ICE 1881, REPLACED BY CAISSON
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1882
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL TO TOWER
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #82002821
Name of Listing: SHARPS ISLAND LIGHT
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
TOWER LEANING SINCE ICE DAMAGE IN 1977



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