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Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

On Baltimore's Inner Harbor tour two historic Chesapeake Bay icons - the Lightship Chesapeake and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - both part of Historic Ships in Baltimore.

Beginning in 1933, the Lightship marked the entrances to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays for almost 40 years. Its masthead light, foghorn and bell helped guide mariners to safe harbor, while its anchors held it in position defying the most violent storms and waves.

Built in 1856, the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is the oldest "screwpile" lighthouse in Maryland. It was built on cast iron pilings with corkscrew-like bases screwed into the soft mud on the bottom of the Bay, eliminating the need for masonry foundation. The lighthouse marked the entrance to Baltimore's harbor for 133 years before being moved to the Inner Harbor and restored. Both of these structures represent the Chesapeake's importance as a commercial resource and transportation route.

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Image Credit: Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
Last updated: February 13, 2020
Baltimore National Heritage Area
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