Leading Point Light

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Leading Point Light
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Undated photograph of Leading Point Light (USCG)
Leading Point Light is located in Maryland
Leading Point Light
Leading Point Light is located in the US
Leading Point Light
Location Leading Point west of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on the south bank of the Patapsco River
Coordinates 39°12′49″N 76°33′06″W / 39.2137°N 76.5518°W / 39.2137; -76.5518Coordinates: 39°12′49″N 76°33′06″W / 39.2137°N 76.5518°W / 39.2137; -76.5518
Year first lit 1868
Deactivated 1924
Construction brick
Tower shape house with lantern/daymark on roof
Height 34 ft

The Leading Point Light was an unusual lighthouse which displayed the rear light to the Brewerton Channel Range. It was eventually superseded by an iron tower on the same foundation.

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This light was built in 1868, along with the Hawkins Point Light, to provide range lights marking the Brewerton Channel, excavated in the 1850s to provide a fixed deepwater channel into Baltimore Harbor. In form, it was like no other lighthouse in the area, a brick house with a short tower holding the lantern surmounted with a tall pole supporting a large ball, to be used as a daymark.

In 1924 both lights in this range were torn down and replaced with skeleton towers, which remain in use.

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