Great Shoals Light
Undated photograph of Great Shoals Light (USCG)
|Location||mouth of the Wicomico River in the Chesapeake Bay|
|Year first lit||1884|
|Tower shape||square house|
|Height||37 feet (11 m)|
|Original lens||fifth-order Fresnel lens|
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.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maryland". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Great Shoals Lighthouse, from the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society
- de Gast, Robert (1973). The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 165.