Have you noticed this c1888 fog bell tower at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland? This tower was originally built at Point Lookout where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Bell towers were placed next to Lighthouses and this tower’s 1,100 pound bell alerted sailors when fog was too thick to view the light! In 1965 the Coast Guard closed the Lighthouse and the fog bell tower at Point Lookout and in 1968 it was moved and became a permanent exhibit at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Facts: CBMM.org. Photo of the bell tower’s installation at CBMM from the Talbot Historical Society’s Charles C. Harris Collection.
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