The Miah Maull Shoal Lighthouse is named for a man who lost his life on the very shoal the lighthouse now marks. It's a sad story, though. Nehemiah Maull, born in 1737, was employed as a Delaware River pilot, an occupation that he shared with his father John, who had immigrated to Lewes, DE from England in 1725. In 1780, Nehemiah set out on a voyage to England to stake his claim to a portion of the family fortune. As a river pilot, Nehemiah was surely acquainted with the hazards of navigating Delaware Bay, but ironically the captain of the vessel on which Nehemiah was traveling was not, as the ship wrecked on an unnamed shoal in the bay. Nehemiah perished in the accident, but in honor of his years of service on the Delaware Bay, his name was given to the shoal, so that he would live on in the memory of those navigating the bay.
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