Maryland’s tallest lighthouse, the 105-foot tall, Craighill Channel Lower Range Rear Lighthouse in Baltimore Harbor has been added to the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of Endangered Lighthouses. The 1873 lighthouse is also commonly known as Millers Island Lighthouse.
For all practical purposes, ever since the lighthouse was automated in the early 1920s it has been allowed to deteriorate with almost no real maintenance. By 1994, a Coast Guard report indicated that no money should be spent trying to maintain the tower that was becoming a serious safety hazard to personnel. However, even then, it took another sixteen years before the Coast Guard removed the 4th order lens from the tower to save it and put it in storage.
Current photographs courtesy of Mark Hergan – Deadrise Marine Photography, clearly show why the lighthouse is in danger of being lost forever.
This story appeared in the
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