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April 8, 2000 - Inside tour of an active caisson light!
Our Visit to Sandy Point and Baltimore lights
by Hilary Salley
On Saturday, April 8th, forty-one members gathered at the Sandy Point State Park marina for our first trip of the year. As we boarded the Rebecca, our Captain, Matthew Frank, informed us that the bay was very rough and we would not be able to disembark at the Sandy Point lighthouse. Members were given the option of not going on the cruise, but everyone decided to brave the rough seas. Coast Guardsman Steve Allenbach decided to ride along as well, and we were glad to have him aboard. As we proceeded toward the bay, the waters seemed calm, but that would soon change. Once in the bay, we experienced several rough bumps, but Captain Frank kept the boat slow and steady so it was not too bad.

As we approached the Baltimore light, Henry Gonzalez gave us some history of this caisson lighthouse. We slowly circled the light and due to the small size of the boat we were able to get very close for some great photographs. Next, we proceeded south to the Sandy Point light; another caisson type lighthouse. Again, Henry gave us some history of this light. Although we could not go inside, we were able to get some great pictures of this light. The Captain slowly moved in towards the light to give us several good opportunities for photographs.

As we headed back towards the dock, the Captain turned on the radio and we enjoyed some rocking music as we rocked in the boat. Going back, we cruised between the two spans of the bay bridge. We shortly arrived safely back at our dock.

Hopefully, we will try this trip again and be able to go inside Sandy Point. Thanks to the crew of the Rebecca and the Coast Guard for all their help in making this trip possible.

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