Thomas Point Shoal Book by David Gendell

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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon" is the first book devoted to the historic 1875 screwpile lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis. The lighthouse--originally built at the behest of the Baltimore shipping industry--- is one of only 11 American lighthouses designated as a National Historic Landmark. The book covers the history of the shoal, the building of the lighthouse, the stories of lighthouse keepers, and ongoing preservation efforts at the lighthouse. The book also includes a section on fishing at Thomas Point featuring Lenny Rudow and Tom Weaver. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to lighthouse preservation projects.

All books are signed by the author.

Page Count - 208, includes 60+ b/w photos and illustrations
Size- 6" x 9"
Release Date - October 2020
Publisher - The History Press (Charleston, SC)

For centuries, the hard-packed shoal at Thomas Point menaced Chesapeake Bay mariners. Even after two separate stone towers were built on the shoreline, sailors continued to request a light at the end of the mile-long shoal. When a new lighthouse was finally approved in 1873, experts deemed its novel design too fragile for the location—it was built anyway. Long overdue and of an inappropriate design, the iconic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse was lit in November 1875 and continues to serve mariners. Thomas Point is the last Chesapeake Bay screwpile-style lighthouse in its original location and one of only twelve American lighthouses designated as a National Historic Landmark. Join Annapolis sailor David Gendell as he explores Thomas Point.


A lifelong Chesapeake Bay sailor, David Gendell is the cofounder of SpinSheet, the Annapolis-based Chesapeake Bay sailing magazine. He is a U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captain, an accomplished racing sailor and an aspiring fisherman. He is a Distinguished Alumni of St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis and, between sailing adventures, graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He lives in Annapolis with his family.

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