Baker's Island Light in the foreground. Built in 1798, with funds approved by G. Washington. In 1812, the USS Constitution was being pursued by two British warships. The keeper of Baker's Island Light rowed out to the frigate, boarded her, and with his local knowledge of the treacherous waters, piloted her to safety in Marblehead harbor.
Baker's Island lies within the territorial limits of Salem city, as are other islands in Salem Sound., even an island east of Marblehead.