Fenwick Island Lighthouse

Fenwick Island Lighthouse (HM171I)

Location: Ocean City, MD 21842 Worcester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 27.075', W 75° 3.296'

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On December 29, 1858, the Lighthouse Board issued the following announcement:

"Notice to Mariners
New Light-House
Fenwicks Island, Delaware"

Notice is hereby given that the new tower at Fenwicks Island, Delaware, is finished, and that a light will be exhibited therefrom for the first day of August next, and will be kept burning during that night, and every night thereafter, from sunset to sunrise. The tower is built of brick, is 75 feet high and is surmounted by a lantern 10 feet high. The watch room and lantern are painted black, the lower and keeper's dwelling white. The illuminating apparatus is of the third order of the system of Fresnel and will show a fixed white light varied by a bright flash every two minutes. The focal plane is 86 feet above the level of the sea, and the light should be visible in ordinary states of the atmosphere 15 nautical miles.

The approximate position of the light-house, as deduced from the Coast Survey charts, is -
Latitude,??? 38? 27' 00" North
Longitude, 75? 03' 30" West?"

The lighthouse cost $23,748.96 to build in 1858.

The light was first fueled by whale oil, then kerosene and was magnified by a lens, (Fresnel lens), imported from France.

The two houses flanking the lighthouse were the homes of the lighthouse keeper and his assistant.
These are now Privately owned.
HM NumberHM171I
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 3:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 495206 N 4255885
Decimal Degrees38.45125000, -75.05493333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 27.075', W 75° 3.296'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 27' 4.50" N, 75° 3' 17.76" W
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Area Code(s)302, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 107 146th St, Ocean City MD 21842, US
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