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St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Last Bell Foundry

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. Last Bell Foundry Marker
Inscription.  Henry McShane started his Baltimore foundry in 1856, and by the late 1800s McShane Bell Foundry employed 90 people and produced tens of thousands of bells and chimes for churches, firehouses, public buildings and fog-alarm bells for lighthouses, steamboats and ships. Now in Glen Burnie, Maryland, McShane Bell Foundry is the only remaining maker of large bells with inside clappers in the US. This one strikes a tone between C and D flat.

This fog bell, inscribed, "U.S.L.H. Establishment" was cast in 1910, just as Congress abolished the United States Lighthouse Board and established the Bureau of Lighthouses under the Department of Commerce. Civilians took over positions formerly held by military officers, many becoming career lighthouses service employees who staffed more than 11,700 navigations aids along the nation's waterways.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 38° 47.247′ N, 76° 13.18′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street east of Burns Street
Last Bell Foundry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
2. Last Bell Foundry Marker
, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Lane, Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heard Through the Fog (here, next to this marker); Delaware (here, next to this marker); Iconic Chesapeake Light (a few steps from this marker); Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower (a few steps from this marker); Miniature Skipjack, Spat (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Hooper Straight Light's Twin (a few steps from this marker); Tolchester Beach Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Tolchester Bandstand (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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