Hooper Strait Light

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Hooper Strait Light in 2007 - 49th trip
Hooper Strait Light in 2007 - 49th trip

St. Michaels, Maryland

Built: 1879

Automated: 1954

Decommissioned: 1966

Originally located in Hooper Strait, north of Bloodsworth Island in the Chesapeake Bay, this 41-foot tall, hexagonal screwpile lighthouse was relocated in 1966 to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Navy Point in St. Michaels. To move the light, it was sliced in half at its eaves, and the two pieces of the house were barged to St. Michaels, where they were reassembled on a newly constructed foundation. This was the first successful preservation effort of its kind in the bay, laying a precedent for the removal and preservation of the Drum Point and Seven Foot Knoll lights. The light remains a showpiece of the museum and a landmark on the St. Michaels waterfront. .

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