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Is the fishing battery on the flats public land? It is not posted. With APG shoreline closed, the battery or one of the other islands makes an ideal place for beaching the kayak for a stretch and a bite to eat. I did it last year a few times and never had any trouble, but figured I'd ask. There's a nice picnic bench on the battery. Also a fire pit (I assumed not for public use) and a lawnmower which apparently someone comes out and uses every so often (grass was a few inches).
 

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Sand Island is directly across the channel from the battery. It has nice sandy beaches & is used all the time during the summer for raft ups, camping & parties. It's bigger, better beaches no one would bother you at all. I would say it's 100% better for what you are thinking of...
 

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I used it last spring when the wind kicked up from the southeast. Tied up and hung out for about an hour when the wind layed down and I could see folks in a boat catching. Whent back out and had a blast!

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Thanks - looks like I could even have a fire if I wanted. This might be just the ticket for the overnight flats trip I've been contemplating.
 

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From the coast guard site...

Location: Fishing Battery Island, South of Havre de Grace, MD, Northern Chesapeake Bay
Date Built: Commissioned in 1853
Type of Structure: 1 ½ story, 36 x 16 foot, brick dwelling with lantern on roof
Height: 32 feet (original), 38 feet (current steel tower)
Characteristics: Fixed white light (original light in 1853); Flashing white, with two red sectors (current steel tower)
Foghorn: No
Builder: John Donahoo
Appropriation: $5,000
Range: White sector 4 miles, Red sector 3 miles (current steel tower light)
Status: Standing and Active

Historical Information:
  • Fishing Battery is a man-made island just south of Havre de Grace, MD in the northern Chesapeake Bay, 2 ½ miles below the mouth of the Susquehanna River. In 1851 Congress appropriated $50,000 for a light to work in conjunction with the Turkey Point and Concord Point lights to guide vessels to the mouth of the river. A contract was awarded in 1852 to John Donahoo. This was the last lighthouse built by Donahoo (out of 12 total) and was the last Maryland lighthouse built under the administration of the 5th Auditor of the Treasury, Stephen Pleasonton. Interestingly, Donahoo had once owned the Island and it had once been known as Donahoo Battery. He brokered the Government's purchase. The one and a half story brick dwelling, with an old-style lantern on the roof, was completed by early 1853 and outfitted with 5 lamps and reflectors. A keeper was appointed January 7th.In the mid-1850s the original multiple lamp and reflector lighting system was replaced by a sixth order Fresnel Lens
  • In 1864 the lantern was replaced because the original was deemed an old design of "exceedingly defective character"
  • In 1867 the lantern was replaced again (as were those on the Pooles Island, Turkey Point, and Concord Point Lights)
  • In 1899 a fifth order Fresnel lens was installed
  • From 1880 to 1891 the Island was leased by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and used for a fish hatchery. They made many improvements, including raising the grade of the island. As a result, the lower floor of the lighthouse had to be removed and re-laid in 1887. At this time the dwelling was enlarged and the lower level may have been redesigned as a boathouse.
  • In 1921 the light was moved to a 38 foot steel tower next to the original lighthouse and converted to acetylene gas. The light was automated in 1939 when the U. S. Coast Guard took over management of all aids to navigation. It now runs off solar cells and batteries and is still active. The original building is now a historic landmark.
  • In 1942 the Island was transferred to the Department of the Interior and is now under the jurisdiction of the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.
 

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Hey thanks Eric ........ that's interesting ........
 

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there was good write up last year in I'am thinking in the noreaster about the island they said when it was first built it was like 5 acre's,there is a guy who takes care of it think he lives in Harve de Grace,does it on his own,picks up trash cuts the grass it's his picnic table thats there,maintains the rock jetty even brings rocks out on his boat for the jetty,the other two islands are spoil islands built when the channels were dreged..


as far as camping on the inside of garret island is a nice place to camp,used to always see people camping there,
 

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From the coast guard site...

Location: Fishing Battery Island, South of Havre de Grace, MD, Northern Chesapeake Bay

Date Built: Commissioned in 1853

Type of Structure: 1 ½ story, 36 x 16 foot, brick dwelling with lantern on roof

Height: 32 feet (original), 38 feet (current steel tower)

Characteristics: Fixed white light (original light in 1853); Flashing white, with two red sectors (current steel tower)

Foghorn: No

Builder: John Donahoo

Appropriation: $5,000

Range: White sector 4 miles, Red sector 3 miles (current steel tower light)

Status: Standing and Active
Historical Information:
  • Fishing Battery is a man-made island just south of Havre de Grace, MD in the northern Chesapeake Bay, 2 ½ miles below the mouth of the Susquehanna River. In 1851 Congress appropriated $50,000 for a light to work in conjunction with the Turkey Point and Concord Point lights to guide vessels to the mouth of the river. A contract was awarded in 1852 to John Donahoo. This was the last lighthouse built by Donahoo (out of 12 total) and was the last Maryland lighthouse built under the administration of the 5th Auditor of the Treasury, Stephen Pleasonton. Interestingly, Donahoo had once owned the Island and it had once been known as Donahoo Battery. He brokered the Government's purchase. The one and a half story brick dwelling, with an old-style lantern on the roof, was completed by early 1853 and outfitted with 5 lamps and reflectors. A keeper was appointed January 7th.In the mid-1850s the original multiple lamp and reflector lighting system was replaced by a sixth order Fresnel Lens
  • In 1864 the lantern was replaced because the original was deemed an old design of "exceedingly defective character"
  • In 1867 the lantern was replaced again (as were those on the Pooles Island, Turkey Point, and Concord Point Lights)
  • In 1899 a fifth order Fresnel lens was installed
  • From 1880 to 1891 the Island was leased by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and used for a fish hatchery. They made many improvements, including raising the grade of the island. As a result, the lower floor of the lighthouse had to be removed and re-laid in 1887. At this time the dwelling was enlarged and the lower level may have been redesigned as a boathouse.
  • In 1921 the light was moved to a 38 foot steel tower next to the original lighthouse and converted to acetylene gas. The light was automated in 1939 when the U. S. Coast Guard took over management of all aids to navigation. It now runs off solar cells and batteries and is still active. The original building is now a historic landmark.
  • In 1942 the Island was transferred to the Department of the Interior and is now under the jurisdiction of the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.
Cool read Eric, I have pictures of my Great 'a few time over' Grand Father who was the keeper of the light at the time, he was fishing using a cain pole from a small boat 'sail powered' and was flipping the rocks in front of the light house. The pictures are very old don't know the date, he was wearing a white straw hat with a black band around it.
 

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Looked it up the hat my Grand Father was wearing was a skimmer or boaters hat circa 1890, go figure a boater's hat gee:rolleyes:
 
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