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Fort Carroll Light

Location: a small island on the Patapsco River near Baltimore, MD
Body of Water: Patapsco River

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

About Fort Carroll Light


The location of the light is a small island on the Patapsco River. The nearest city is Baltimore, MD. The station was first established in 1854. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1898.

The lighthouse is a small wood frame tower on the fort wall.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: No


Fort Carroll is a six-sided artificial island fortified with concrete walls all around. Construction of the fort began in 1847. The construction supervisor was Robert E. Lee himself. By 1851, only the structure’s foundation and first level had been completed at a cost of $1 million. In 1854, a keeper’s dwelling with a light atop its roof was erected at the fort. In October 1898, the light and fog bell tower were demolished so that new concrete gun batteries could be put in their place. A temporary light was shone from a lens lantern and the fog bell was rung by hand, while a replacement lighthouse, containing both the fifth-order Fresnel lens and a machine-operated fog bell, were quickly built. This structure was built approximately 100ft north of the 1854 tower.

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:50 am
Sunrise: 7:24 am
Sunset: 5:10 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:44 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories 

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