Fort Carroll Lighthouse

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Fort Carroll Lighthouse - Screen painting - Fort Carroll and the Francis Scott Key bridge
Fort Carroll Lighthouse - Film photo of Fort Carroll 1999 from a sailboat
Fort Carroll Lighthouse - Film photo of Fort Carroll 1999 from a sailboat
Fort Carroll Lighthouse - Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 2013 - lighthouse right above the boat
Fort Carroll Lighthouse - Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 2013
Fort Carroll Lighthouse - Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 2013
Fort Carroll Lighthouse - Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 2013 - lighthouse in the right

Fort Carroll Lighthouse Sparrows Point Reviews

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Fort Carroll Lighthouse Nov 08, 2004
As we sail up the Patapsco, we pass Fort Carroll. This man made island of 3.5 acres was started after the War of 1812, because it was felt that Fort McHenry was too close to the city for adequate defense. Robert E. Lee, who also was responsible for constructing Fort Wool in Hampton Roads, was the first construction engineer. After Lee left to be superintendant of West Point, construction [was] hampered by lack of funding and the difficulty of building such a heavy structure on soft sand. On October 8, 1850 the fort was officially named after Charles Carroll (1737-1832), a Maryland political leader and the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.

In 1854 a lighthouse was built on the ramparts to mark the turn from the Brewerton Channel to the Fort McHenry Channel leading in and out of Baltimore Harbor.

The Fort was not yet completed in 1861, but was armed, and was also manned during the Spanish American War in 1898. Also in 1898 a new lighthouse (still seen today) was built, and it was automated in 1920 and then discontinued sometime between 1931 and 1945.

The Army abandoned the fort in 1920 and moved all the equipment to Fort Howard which is now a VA Hospital, which we also see when we sail up the Patapsco.

The Coast Guard used the fort during World War II. Someone bought the island intending to make a casino out of it, but unfortunately the island lies in Baltimore County instead of Anne Arundel County (on the south side of the river) where a casino would have been legal.

The island is now a nesting place for many birds such as gulls and cormorants. herons (including the black crowned night heron) and egrets, and has become a defacto wildlife sanctuary. Hundreds of nests cover the island: the island has become home to a world-class rookery, the most diverse colony of species within 100 miles. The problem lies in the trees where the birds nest which may be threatening Fort Carroll's structural integrity. The quandary has been whether to save the fort or keep the birds.
Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 20…
Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 20…
Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 20…
Fort Carroll from a cruise ship 20…
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