- York Spit Light
caption = Undated photograph of York Spit Light (USCG)
location = At the mouth of the
York Riverin the Chesapeake Bay
coordinates = coord|37.2096|N|76.2542|W|type:landmark
yearlit = 1870
yeardeactivated = 1960
foundation = screw-pile
shape = hexagonal house
characteristic = The York Spit Light was a
lighthouselocated at the mouth of the York Riverin the Chesapeake Bay, marking a long shoalparalleling 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 riprapwas 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
last= de Gast
title= The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake
publisher= Johns Hopkins University Press p. 152
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