What Once Was…Port Mahon Lighthouse

Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse is a landscape photograph taken in the early morning hours at the site of the ruins of the Port Mahon Lighthouse. The remains were photographed using a long shutter speed in order to capture the waters movement and to slowly brighten the sky. Colors of the image are several shades of pale blues, pinks, yellow and dark brown. Title: Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography

Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse by landscape photographer Melissa Fague

The Mahon Lighthouse was the fourth main lighthouse location in the state of Delaware.  However, Port Mahon had five lighthouses constructed in it over the span of 75 years; the last design completed construction in 1903. The location was vital in helping the oyster boats and other ships navigate up the narrow channel of the Delaware river past the Joe Flogger Shoal just east of the mouth to the Mahon river.

The lighthouse was once a 2 story wooden structure that was built on the bank of the river on top of screw piles which allowed the tide to pass under the lighthouse. Like the previous four lighthouses in the Port Mahon this lighthouse had a short lived life. This lighthouse was only active for 46 years; the light was deactivated in 1949 because of the rapid rate of erosion of the shore line; Port Mahon Lighthouse was condemned in 1955 and was left to slowly rot away until a fire consumed the remaining wooden remnants of the once beautiful structure in 1984. All that remains today is the steel pillars (screw piles) and a pile of bricks lying in the river that was once a fireplace.

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Fague, Melissa. Cloudy Sunrise at Port Mahon Lighthouse. PI Photography and Fine Art. 2014.

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