Replacement of the steel beams and tie rods were completed in 2020 at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. The contractor, Marine Solutions, Inc. endured some nasty weather, extreme high tides, rain, cold and wind during the second phase of the work. A wood beam under the privy and 4 new tie rods were replaced during the first phase in 2019.
The additional 16 tie rods and all the steel beams have now been replaced. We were also able to re-build the landing dock, eliminate the aluminum bridge, replace the steps leading up to the corral, and replace the steel platform under the steps at the hatch. The entire metal under structure has been re-painted and looks great.
We re-installed the privy with a new roof as well. Final work in 2020 included replacement of siding around the privy, the pickets and handrail and the privy roof was painted red.
We raised over $400,000 for this project, a portion coming from the State of Maryland through a Local Bond Initiative grant. Despite the lack of tours and effects of the Coronavirus, we were able to do a considerable amount of restoration work at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.
Lighthouse Manager, Director of Preservation