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Name: Sandy Point Shoal Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Skidmore, Maryland, United States

Location: Upper Chesapeake Bay, north of Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

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Photo: Larry Nohe

Managing Organization:
Private owner.

This lighthouse replaced an 1858 brick tower onshore. (See separate entry for Sandy Point Light.) The original Fresnel lens was destroyed by vandals in 1980. In 2006, the lighthouse was sold at a government auction for $250,000.

Tower Height: 37

Height of Focal Plane: 51

Description of Tower: Lantern on roof of keeper's dwelling.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Red, integral 2.5 story brick keeper's dwelling with iron roof, on cast iron and concrete caisson.

Earlier Towers?
1858: Brick tower.

Date Established: 1858

Date Present Tower Built: 1883

Date Automated: 1963

Optics: 1883: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now 300 mm solar powered optic.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only. A visitor to this site reports: "This lighthouse is very visible and may be easily photographed from Sandy Point Park in Maryland. We were there yesterday, and it was a great find." Accessible by boat only. Another good way to see the lighthouse is from cruises run by Watermark Cruises of Annapolis -- see

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