Lightship Chesapeake Baltimore Reviews
Historic Ship in Baltimore Jun 23, 2012
This is one of the four historic ships in Baltimore that I toured with my family. It was stop 2 of 4. I thought it was a waste of $11.50 if toured individually, however if you purchase a package of all 4, then it is a good deal. It was quite hot down there with little air to cool it. It is much smaller below deck compared to the USS Constellation.
It was completed in 1930 and was one of the most modern ships in use at that time. It was built in South Carolina at a cost of $274, 424. Its first assignment was to the Fenwick Island Shoal Station from 1930 to 1933. From there she marked the entrance to the Chesapeake bay until the beginning of World War II.
From 1942 to 1945 while the world war raged on, the Lightship was painted battleship gray, armed with some fire power and used to patrol and inspect vessels near the entrance of Cape Cod Canal. At the end of the war, the Lightship returned to Cape Henry where her bright red hull beacon light and the words "Chesapeake" guided maritime traffic in and out of the Chesapeake bay for twenty years after. Thus the name Chesapeake.
Due to changes and advancement in technology however, the lightship was eventually replaced by coast guard off-shore light house in 1965. It also became economical to have fewer personnel manning the light houses than the lightship. Besides the light tower had a more powerful beacon and used just 4 people to run it. Chesapeake has been in Baltimore since 1982.
PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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