Since 1820, several lightships have served at the lightship station at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The lightship Chesapeake was built in 1930. In the 1960s with the introduction of automated buoys as well as permanent light stations, the lightship fleet was slowly mothballed. Chesapeake left her station at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in September 1965 when she was replaced by a large, manned light tower. The Chesapeake was decommissioned on January 6, 1971 and now is part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
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