“ROUNDING THOMAS POINT”
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is located on the Chesapeake Bay just south of Annapolis, Maryland. In 1825 a small lighthouse was first built on shore to guide mariners off the shoal. As that light was far from the shipping lanes and therefore ineffective during inclement weather, it was replaced in 1875 by this screwpile, cottage-style light. Large stones were placed north and south of the pilings to protect the structure from ice. Just upstream of the north stone pile called “armor stone” there is a cast iron “ice break” that would split the ice moving downstream. Lighthouse keepers lived in the hexagonal cottage and tended the light.
A skipjack sails south heading back to its homeport on Maryland’s eastern shore. These craft were designed in the late 1800s for the purpose of dredging oysters from the shallow bay waters. Some still survive and continue to catch oysters even after 100 years.
This light is no longer manned but is still lighted and serves to guide mariners on the Chesapeake. I’ve sailed passed it many times and admired this beautiful structure.
JMB Spring 2018
Oil on linen 10″ x 15″ Overall framed 17″ x 22″ $4,200