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THOMAS POINT SHOAL LIGHT

State: MARYLAND
Location: CHESAPEAKE BAY / SOUTH RIVER ENTRANCE
Nearest City: ANNAPOLIS
County: ANNE ARUNDEL
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1825


Thomas Point Shoal Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1998
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1875
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1986
  • Foundation Materials: SCREWPILE
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/RED ROOF & BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE ON HEXAGONAL DWELLING
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 25
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 250 MM (SOLAR POWERED)
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 43
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH ORDER LENS IN COMMANDANTS OFFICE, CURTIS BAY YARD, BALTIMORE
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1825
  • Description: STONE
  • Fate/Disposition:
  • 2. Construction Date: 1838
  • Description: STONE
  • Fate/Disposition: REPLACED BY OFFSHORE SCREWPILE LIGHTHOUSE IN 1875; FELL DOWN IN 1894
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: ELECTRIC HORN
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1875
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: HEXAGONAL (INTEGRAL)
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: CITY OF ANNAPOLIS / U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SOCIETY, CHESAPEAKE CHAPTER

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #75000864
Name of Listing: THOMAS POINT SHOALS LIGHT STATION
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK Study

Miscellaneous:
REPLACED SHORE TOWER; LAST OF THE SCREWPILE COTTAGE STRUCTURES OF CHESAPEAKE BAY IN SITU; LAST LIGHT TO BE AUTOMATED ON CHESAPEAKE. TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF ANNAPOLIS IN 2004 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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