Tangier Sound Light

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Tangier Sound Light
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Undated photograph of Tangier Sound Light (USCG)
Tangier Sound Light is located in Virginia
Tangier Sound Light
Location South of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay
Coordinates 37°47′16″N 75°58′26″W / 37.7878°N 75.9740°W / 37.7878; -75.9740Coordinates: 37°47′16″N 75°58′26″W / 37.7878°N 75.9740°W / 37.7878; -75.9740
Year first lit 1890
Deactivated 1961
Foundation screw-pile
Construction cast-iron/wood
Tower shape square house
Height 45 feet (14 m)
Characteristic white 6 sec flash with red sector

The Tangier Sound Light was a lighthouse located south of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay.


This light was constructed in 1890 to mark a shoal extending south from Tangier Island, delimiting the western edge of the sound. Its exposed location made it vulnerable to ice, and on February 15, 1905, the sunken pungy Mary L. Colburn was lifted up by the ice and cast against the lighthouse. The light survived when the wind changed and blew the wreck clear. In the only other incident of note, the assistant keeper was drowned in 1914 in spite of an attempted rescue by the keeper. At some later date the light was surrounded by rip rap to protect it from ice.

As with other screw-pile lights in the bay, the house was removed in 1961 and an automated light set upon the foundation.