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Home > Visit a Gateway > Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - Baltimore, MD
Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
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On Baltimore's Inner Harbor tour two historic Chesapeake Bay icons - the Lightship Chesapeake and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - both part of Historic Ships in Baltimore.

Beginning in 1933, the Lightship marked the entrances to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays for almost 40 years. Its masthead light, foghorn and bell helped guide mariners to safe harbor, while its anchors held it in position defying the most violent storms and waves.

Built in 1856, the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is the oldest "screwpile" lighthouse in Maryland. It was built on cast iron pilings with corkscrew-like bases screwed into the soft mud on the bottom of the Bay, eliminating the need for masonry foundation. The lighthouse marked the entrance to Baltimore's harbor for 133 years before being moved to the Inner Harbor and restored. Both of these structures represent the Chesapeake's importance as a commercial resource and transportation route.

Hours: The ships of the USS Constellation Historic Ships Museum are open daily during the following hours with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day:

March - October 10 am - 5:30 pm

November - February 10 am - 4:30 pm

Extended hours may be available in June, July, and August.
Fees: Historic Ships in Baltimore operates the following historic sites:

Sloop-of-War USS Constellation
Submarine USS Torsk
Lightship Chesapeake
USCG Cutter Taney
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Visitors may choose to visit any one ship, any two ships, or all four ships.

Admission to the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is free to all visitors.

One ShipTwo ShipsFour Ships
Captain (Adult, Age 15-59)$10.00$14.00$18.00
Admiral (Senior, Age 60+)$8.00$12.00$14.00
Midshipman (Youth, Age 6-14)$5.00$6.00$7.00
Stowaway (Child, Age 5 & Under)FreeFreeFree
Military Personnel (w/ ID)FreeFreeFree


Tickets are available at the Ticket Booth Pier 3 & Pratt Street, and in front of the National Aquarium. Tickets can also be purchased at the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse and aboard the USCGC Taney. Group rates are available. Call for details.
For more information about Lightship Chesapeake & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse call (410) 396-3453 or visit the following website: http://www.historicships.org.

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