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Name: Sharps Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Fairbank, Maryland, United States

Location: Near Tilghman Island, east side of Chesapeake Bay.

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Photo: Karen Harshman
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Managing Organization:
Private owner.

Since the 1970s ice has pushed against the lighthouse and caused it to tilt; the structure now has about a 20 degree list. In 1996 the Coast Guard announced plans to destroy the structure, but public complaints and opposition from the Maryland Historical Trust stopped that action. In 2008 the government sold the lighthouse at auction for $80,000. The new owner has been identified only as AFB, Inc. of Bear, Del. The lighthouse is on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List.

Tower Height: 35

Height of Focal Plane: 54

Description of Tower: Brown, cast iron

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1838: Wooden tower; 1866: Screwpile structure (destroyed by ice).

Date Established: 1838

Date Present Tower Built: 1882

Optics: 1882: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now 250 mm.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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