Baltimore Light

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The Last Light Built on the Patapsco - 1908 Aug 18, 1999
Located on the western side of the Chesapeake Bay, 1.7 miles east of the southern end of Gibson Island, Baltimore Light is best viewed from the water.

The lighthouse was constructed to aid vessels from the south entering Craighill Channel.

Congress instructed engineers to design a plan that would resist the effects of 100 mph winds, ice pressure of 30,000 pounds and currents of three mph. Board felt the lighthouse should be built by the "pneumatic system of construction."

A caisson was towed to the construction site on September 19, 1904. Two days after the work had begun, the caisson was eight feet into the mud when "heavy seas filled the cylinder" causing it to lean seven feet to one side. On October 7 contractors attempted to bring the cylinder and caisson back to level by putting concrete in the high side. Then on October 12, a severe storm pushed the cylinder over. All operation ceased and operations did not resume until 1905. Why did it take so long to resume? Because the construction company who started the job legally maneuvered out of continuing the job.

Finally, on September 10, 1908 the construction of the lighthouse was finished. The octagonal dwelling housed two keepers. In May 1923 the light became automated.

In 1964 this lighthouse became the world's first atomic-powered lighthouse. The generator was removed after one year and returned to conventional power.
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