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Photo Caption:

This original photograph from the Lighthouse Digest archive collection is dated January 15, 1962 and labeled Harnessing Strontium-90. The caption with the photo says, “Two Martin Company employees watch a mechanical hand lower a case of radioactive strontium-90 pellets into America’s newest generator. The generator was built by the Martin Company under contract with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. It will be used to power a Coast Guard lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay.” This indicates that experiments for a nuclear powered lighthouse were taking place well over two years before it was installed at the Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse. Interestingly, one of the couples that now own the Baltimore Lighthouse have named their 13 foot Boston Whaler work boat Strontium 13 and another one of the couples who own the lighthouse have named their boat Radiation Vibe.
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The Nuclear Lighthouse
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