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We wonder what happened to them . . .


The June 1938 U. S. Department of Commerce Lighthouse Service Bulletin had the following story:

“Holland Island Bar Lighthouse, which is typical of a number of structures in Chesapeake Bay, stands in 9 feet of water and is supported by a braced wrought iron framework similar to, but smaller than, those used off the Florida coast. This foundation supports a dwelling housing two keepers, from which rises a tower with a fourth order lantern.

A very fine scale model of this structure has been constructed and presented to the Bureau by Lewis R. Carman, now second assistant keeper of Smith Point Light Station. This model will be added to a number of others which are kept on display at the Bureau offices in Washington as a matter of public interest, including such stations as Tillamook Rock, Fowey Rocks etc.”

Unfortunately, the U.S. Lighthouse Service was dissolved one year later and merged into the Coast Guard.

What happened to the models? Does the Coast Guard have them? Where they given to the Smithsonian? Were they given to office employees when the Lighthouse Service was dissolved?

Maybe one of our readers knows the answer to this mystery.

This story appeared in the June 2001 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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