York Spit Light

York Spit Light

Infobox Lighthouse

caption = Undated photograph of York Spit Light (USCG)
location = At the mouth of the York River in the Chesapeake Bay
coordinates = coord|37.2096|N|76.2542|W|type:landmark
yearlit = 1870
automated =
yeardeactivated = 1960
foundation = screw-pile
construction = cast-iron/wood
shape = hexagonal house
height =
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The York Spit Light was a lighthouse located at the mouth of the York River in the Chesapeake Bay, marking a long shoal paralleling the main channel into the river.


This light replaced lightships stationed at this location beginning in 1853. Extra fender piles were added to the usual six pile structure in order to provide extra stability against the current. In 1903 riprap was placed around the piles for additional protection. A hurricane in September 1933 damaged the light.

The house was removed and replaced with an automated light in 1960 as part of the program of decommissioning at that time. More recently this light was damaged in a hurricane, and a separate light on a single pole was erected next to the old screw-pile foundation.


* [http://www.cheslights.org/heritage/yorkspit.htm York Spit Light] , from the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society
*cite book
last= de Gast
first= Robert
title= The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake
year= 1973
publisher= Johns Hopkins University Press
p. 152

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