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Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse - Bloody Point Bar
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Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse - Bloody Point Bar
Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse - Bloody Point Bar
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Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse Grasonville Reviews

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Chesapeake's Leaning Bloody Point Bar 1902 Jul 21, 2002
The water here is over 140 feet deep and the lighthouse warns of the dramatic shoaling up to only 6 feet. The name of the area may be appropriate since according to legend, a group of Indians was reportedly enticed to the area by English colonists, who then butchered the trusting natives. It is also rumored that a villainous French pirate was hung at Bloody Point.

Though the local legends may be apocryphal, the charred hollow shell of Bloody Point Lighthouse is concrete evidence of the fire that very nearly killed two lighthouse keepers. In 1960, a fire started in the equipment room. The keepers were barely able to get off the light before the fire reached the 500 gallon gas tank and the whole light exploded. The Coast Guard fought the fire for over 6 hours before it was put out. The whole interior was consumed by the intense heat of the fire and has never been rebuilt. It was just cleaned out and the light automated

This is one of the last lighthouses built on the Chesapeake Bay. The fact that it was built at all is a testimony to the importance of Baltimore as a commercial port.

An iron caisson was designed - 30 feet in diameter and 30 feet high with a tower on top that would be 37 feet tall with a total height above the water of 54 feet. Because of the extreme instability of the bottom (a 55 foot layer of semi-fluid mud before a sand bottom was hit), the plans were revised. At one point the whole structure was pushed over by tides and was lying on its side.

When completed, the caisson stood 82 feet below sea level, on top of 91 piles driven into the bottom. It was the tallest caisson light in the world at the time. The brick dwelling / light tower was constructed the following year

Almost at once, the action of the tides caused the caisson to start leaning. At one point it was about 5 degrees out of level. Work was done in 1883 to try to stabilize the tower by dredging and dumping rock round it. In 1885 760 tons of stone was placed around the tower to further defray the scouring of the bottom from around the light. This work brought the light to within 2 degrees of vertical and has stayed that way up to this day.

It is only 0.9 miles off shore, south of Kent Island, but really can only be seen from a boat. It is an active aid to navigation and is not open to the public. The Lighthouse was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 2 December 2002.

The lighthouse leans a little bit, but not as much as Sharp's Point which is also red and is south of it. Even so, two lighthouses are sometimes confused since they both lean, are both reddish, and are both on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake.
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