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

Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

 
 
Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
1. Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker
Inscription.  When fog hides a lighthouse’s beacon, sailors need an audible signal to guide them. So a fog tower containing a bell was frequently built alongside a lighthouse. Large bells, such as the 1100 pound bell in this tower, were used because their sound carried a long distance.

Point Lookout lighthouse and this tower stood near the treacherous crossroads where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay---a place where both weather and shipping traffic were tricky.

In the 1960s the Coast Guard closed Point Lookout lighthouse and fog tower.---their function taken over by an automated buoy---and the fog tower was moved here to the museum.

The bell striking mechanism in the tower was given in memory of Frederick Fowler by his brother, Francis Fowler and friends.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Historic Bells 🔔, and the Lighthouses series lists.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 47.256′ N, 76° 13.158′ 

Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
2. Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker
W. Marker was in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker was on Mill Street. Marker is on the grounds of the Chesapeake Maritime Museum. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: 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 location. Hooper Strait Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); How the Screwpile Lighthouse Got Its Name (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower (a few steps from this marker); Iconic Chesapeake Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Bell Foundry (within shouting distance of this marker); Thor, Pilothouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); Tolchester Beach Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
 
Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
3. Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker
Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 5, 2011
4. Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 304 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 29, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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