On April 10, 2009 my son David and i went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum in St Michaels, MD. It is on the Chesapeake Bay.
They have a lighthouse that originally was in the bay but it has been removed. Because of the advances in boat electronics and GPS positioning, lighthouses are becoming obsolete.
This is the Hooper Straight Lighthouse that was in the Bay.
The only two pictures that I took in the lighthouse were the workbench and a table.
This is the lens that is in the top of the lighthouse.
It was lit by a flame from some mineral oil. It originally used fuel oil but in some testing it was determined that the mineral oil gave a brighter light.
Sorry I failed to take a picture of the lighthouse itself.
it had three water storage tanks that were made with wooden slats. The water to fill them came from rain water that ran off the roof. The spigot at the bottom dropped it’s dripping water into a funnel in the floor that dropped the water into the bay.
Boats borough supplies once a month. Everything but food. The food was bought by the lighthouse keeper from a food allowance that was given to him and he had to bring it himself.
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