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Home > About the Chesapeake > Exploring the Bay > Chesapeake Bay Lighthouses > Lighthouses Today > Point No Point
Point No Point
Year Built:1902
Description:Point No Point Octagonal caisson light located two miles offshore at the Potomac River entrance to Chesapeake Bay. Equipped with a 4th order Fresnel lens, its kerosene-fueled light flashed alternately red and white, 52 feet above the waterline. Red base, 35-foot, two-story white tower with watch room, black lantern. Automated in 1938. Operational, though vacated by the Coast Guard in 1962. Original fog bell replaced by horn. Owned and maintained by USCG (Coast Guard Activities Baltimore). Eligible for listing on National Register of Historic Places.
Type of Structure:Masonry house atop cast-iron caisson.
Purpose:Marks shoals extending out from western shore of the bay.
Interesting Facts:A storm during construction carried the unsecured iron caisson 40 miles south, almost to the mouth of the Rappahannock River in Virginia. It took over three years for the tower to be completed.
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