Great Shoals Light

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Great Shoals Light
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Undated photograph of Great Shoals Light (USCG)
Great Shoals Light is located in Maryland
Great Shoals Light
Location mouth of the Wicomico River in the Chesapeake Bay
Coordinates 38°12′51″N 75°52′46″W / 38.2143°N 75.8794°W / 38.2143; -75.8794Coordinates: 38°12′51″N 75°52′46″W / 38.2143°N 75.8794°W / 38.2143; -75.8794
Year first lit 1884
Deactivated 1966
Foundation screw-pile
Construction cast-iron/wood
Tower shape square house
Height 37 feet (11 m)
Original lens fifth-order Fresnel lens

Great Shoals Light was a screw-pile lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Wicomico River.


This light was constructed to mark a narrow channel at the entrance to the Wicomico River, as requested by the Maryland General Assembly in 1882. An appropriation was not made until the following year, and further delays pushed the commissioning date to August 1884.

In 1966 the light was dismantled and a modern automated light was erected on the old foundation.


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