Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Tours

Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Tours: Captain Mike Richards
Chesapeake Lights lighthouse tours offers a variety of 'on the water' tours taking lighthouse enthusiasts for an upclose look at these historic Chesapeake Bay landmarks. Enjoy incredible photo ops and learn the history of the Bay and it's landmarks.

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Come aboard the Motor Vessel Sharps Island for a fantastic 'on the water' adventure. Licensed to carry 30 passengers this 35' Naval vessel has been re-fitted to provide the best adventure experience for our guests. Passengers can enjoy the exhiliariton of the foredeck or take a break from the sun under our enclosed canopy back in the cockpit. With your comfort in mind we customarily limit our passenger count to 16-20 passengers per trip.


In addition to our on the water tours of these ten (10) Chesapeake Bay lighthouses we are also honored to be affiliated with The Annapolis Maritime Museum for 'inside tours' of the lovingly restored Thomas Point Lighthouse. Please telephone for details on this once in a lifetime adventure.

The Great Circle Route (All day Tour) will get you up close to each of the following ten ligths:

Bloody Point Bar
Located of the southern tip of Kent Island, Maryland. It was commissioned on Oct. 1, 1882. Almost from day one, the action of the tides caused the caisson to start leaning. Work was done in 1883 and 1885 to straighten and stabilize the light. In 1960, the Coast Guard spend six hours fighting a fire in the lighthouse. The interior was eventually cleaned out and the light automated. The light is a caisson-type, rust red in color.

Baltimore Harbor Light
The Baltimore Harbor Light guards the entrance to the Baltimore Harbor. The cylindrical caisson foundation was built in 1904 at the Mouth of the Magothy River. It is a white two story brick lighthouse, and was the last lighthouse built on the Chesapeake Bay. Today, the lighthouse is operated by solar power.

Thomas Point Shoal
Located just north of the mouth of the south river, south of Annapolis. It is probably the most recognized lighthouse in the chesapeake bay. It is the only screw-pile type light on the bay in it's original position and is the 3rd light used to mark the shoal. Thomas Point was commissioned in November 1875. Heavy rip rap has been placed around the light to fend off ice. The lighthouse was manned until 1986 and was the lighthouse on the bay to be fully automated. It has a bright red roof white sides. It is so well maintained and in such perfect condition- like it is waiting for its keeper to return.

Sandy Point Light
Located at the southern mouth of the Magothy River, just off Sandy Point State Park and clearly visible from the Bay Bridge. It is a caisson light with an octagonal brick dwelling and tower. Originally it was requested a screw-pile light be built in this area. But problems with winter ice and the screwpiles had developed so additional funds were requested for a caisson. No more money was available so they compromised. They built a caisson foundation, sunk it, and then built a smaller less expensive brick tower on it. It was first lit on October of 1883. Sandy Point is a bright red light with a white roof.

Craighill Channel Upper Range
Located at the Mouth of the Patapsco River. The Craighill channel cuts about five miles off the southern approach to Baltimore, entering Brewerton Channel (the main Patapsco/Baltimore Channel). The front light is a brick octagonal tower, painted red and white. The rear is a pyramidal iron skeleton tower. They were commissioned in 1886 and both have fixed red lights.

Craighill Channel Lower Range
Commissioned in 1873 using temporary lights and was fully completed in 1875. It is the first caisson light built in the United States. It has a circular dwelling and tower.

The Craighill Channel lower range rear light, sits on a shoal near the end of Hart Island. Due to the conditions of the bottom of the bay in this location a cofferdam was built, piles were driven and granite supporting piers were laid. On these a pyramidal iron skeleton tower was erected. This is a unique style for the Chesapeake Bay. It is 105 feet tall and is red at the top and white at the bottom.

Poole's Island
Located outside the mouth of the gunpowder river. Poole's Island was settled and farmed as early as 1808. It is the 4th oldest lighthouse on the bay (Cape Henry, Old Point Comfort, & New Point Comfort preceded it) and the oldest lighthouse in Maryland. It was commissioned in 1825 and is a white conical tower. The Army purchased the island in 1917 and it was made part of Aberdeen Proving grounds.

Sharps Island Light
Located off the entrance to the Choptank River, approximately 4 miles from the the southern most tip of Tilghman Island. It is a cast iron cassion filled with concrete with a brick lined cast iron tower built on top. It was first lit in February of 1882. The previous light on this spot was a screw pile light completed in 1865. It lasted until February 10, 1881 when, during a winter thaw, the wind driven ice swept the building from the screw pile and it floated 5 miles down the bay, with the keeper inside. It ran aground and the keeper escaped. In the winter of 1976-1977, severe ice flows tilted the tower 15 degrees.

Typical Day

Cheapeake Lights lighthouse tours depart from the watermens village of Tilghman Island, Maryland on the Bays Eastern Shore. As we head out you will be treated to historical narrative by the Captain and First Mate, see local watermen at work, view the incredible environmental restoration of Poplar Island, be treated to close up views of Osprey, Great Blue Heron and Brown Pelicans and if we are lucky, The Bald Eagles. As we travel north up the Bay along the main shipping channel we will run side by side with some of the largest vessels to travel the Bay.

During the high season you will also be treated to some incredible views of the sailing regattas out of the Annapolis Harbot.

Travel under the daunting structure of the the Chesapeake Bay Bridge....and get a new perspective on this architectural wonder.

Each trip offers it's own unique experiences....join us to make your!

We currently offer four(4) different lighthouse experiences that range from a 3 hour three (3) light trip to an all day ten (10) light trip for the really dedicated lighthouse folks!

Age range, type of group

As these trips are considered on the water adventures we ask that you take into consideration your own physical abilities before booking with us. The vessel travels between 15knts. and 17 knots on the Bay. Chesapeake Bay waters can be choppy and weather conditions dictate our experience.

Sleeping and meals

Feel free to pack lunch and snacks to enjoy on your adventure. During the course of our all day Gret Circle tour we stop in the Northern Bay at The Tolchester Marina for lunch. You may choose to pack your own or enjoy local fare at the quaint marina restaurant.
Cold bottled water is provided on all trips.

Policies & Restrictions

No pets.
No smoking.

For sfety purposes only we reserve the right to refuse passage based on physical limitations of prospective passengers

Rates & Availability

Please visit our web site for pricing on individual lighthouse adventures

Other Information

Please telephone or e-mail us for details on our exclusive interior tours of Thomas Point Lighthouse in affiliation with The Annapolis Maritime Museum.

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