Holland Island Bar Light

Posted: August 31, 2014 in Medical, Morgue, Unusual Findings, Weird
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A quick tea-break read, the lighthouse existed from 1889-1960 and was in Chesapeake Bay, it was notable for an unexplained death and having suffered from friendly fire. It was dismantled in 1960 and replaced by an automated beacon.

Ulman Owens was found dead 31st March, 1931. He was found dead at the station with blood and signs of a struggle, yet no wounds were found on the body and the subsequent cause of death was listed as natural. Investigators found that he had been unwell in the days before his death, and there was a chance he had suffered a fit which killed him. However, a report from a local captain says that he saw a vessel cruising without it’s running lights in the area. There was a suggestion it might have been a rum runner and a later autopsy revealed Owens had a cracked skull. It is possible that he was subjected to a violent end. However the cause of natural death has remained as the autopsy also revealed an enlarged heart which suggested a heart attack.

The US Navy regularly used the nearby hulk of an old ship, Hannibal, for target practise. 19th February, 1957, 3 of the ASDN Skyraiders bombed the light mistaking it for Hannibal. It did enough damage to have to have the four keepers removed until the damage was repaired.


HollandIslandBarLight” by Original uploader was AlbertHerring at en.wikipedia – Image taken from Coast Guard website. Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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