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Sandy Point Shoal Light

North of Annapolis, MD, cir. 1883
Sandy Point Shoal Light An earlier, Sandy Point Light had been built on land in what is now Sandy Point State Park just north of Annapolis, MD. However, it was not well situated. This newer caisson light was constructed without mishaps in 1883, and is visible from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It was electrified in 1929 and fully automated in 1963. In its heavily trafficked location it was open to vandalism and in 1979 the Coast Guard discovered that someone had completely smashed the handmade 19th century crystal Fresnel lens, apparently with a baseball bat. (It has been replaced with an acrylic lens.) Major restoration work was undertaken by the Coast Guard in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Location: 39.016N 76.385W
Date Built: Original, land-based light - 1858, Current, caisson light - 1883
Type of Structure: Caisson with octagonal, brick, dwelling / tower
Height: 51 feet above mean high water
Characteristics: Flashing white (initially fixed white)
Foghorn: Yes
Builder: Original land-based light - W. J. Humes
Appropriation: $25,000
Range: 9 miles
Status: Standing and Active
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