Lighthouses



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Bald Head LightBald Head Island100-ft round octogonal brick house. Replica keeper's house on site. Oil house still standing.17891930
Bodie Island LightNorth of Oregon Inlet160-ft round brick tower attached to a single story brick oil house. Original keeper's house is present ranger and visitor's center.1872 
Cape Fear LightMouth of Cape Fear150-ft pyramid skeletal lighthouse, demolished in 1958. Concrete pad remains. Also known as Captain Charlie's Station, named for the long-time keeper Charlie Swan.19031958
Cape Hatteras LightNorth of Cape Point 1870 
Cape Lookout LightCore Banks1859 
Croatan Shoal LightBetween Croatan and Albemarle Sound1887 
Currituck Beach LightNear Corolla 1875 
Diamond Shoal LightSoutheast of Buxton 19662001
Federal Point LightKure Beach18661879No Image Available
Frying Pan Shoals LightSoutheast of Southport19662003
Hatteras Beacon LightNear Buxton18551898
Laurel Point LightLaurel PointA hexagon screwpile light that marked the narrowing of Albemarle Sound. After cottage was removed, the light was on top of a skeleton tower on the platform. The light has since been moved to a different skeleton tower a mile northeast.18801950
Long Point Beacon LightCurrituck Sound 1901 
Neuse River LightPiney Point1862 
Oak Island LightOak Island1958 
Ocracoke Island LightOcracoke Island 1823 
Pamlico Point Shoal LightPamlico Point 1891 
Price Creek River LightNear Southport 1848mid 1860s
Roanoke Marshes LightPamlico and Croatan Sound 18771955
Roanoke River LightAlbemarle SoundThere has been a lighthouse on the western end of Albemarle Sound at the mouth of the Roanoke River from 1835 to 1955. The original beacon was a lightship in 1835. In 1885, this was replaced with a lighthouse, which was destroyed in 1866 by an ice storm. A replica of this lighthouse is located in the town of Plymouth and is now the Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. In 1887, A two-story keeper's house with a square cylindrical light was built. This light was deactivated in 1941 and moved into Edenton in 1955. It became Emmett Wiggins home. In 1995, Wiggins died and the building remained vacant and deteriorating. The Edenton Historical Commission bought the building in 2007 and now operate it as a Historical Site.18351941
Wade Point LightPasquotank River1899 

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Diamond Shoals:


Extending 10 miles southeasterly from Cape Hatteras, these shoals are five miles wide with depths of less than 20 feet. They are constantly changing, and the seas surrounding them are very turbulent. To a large extent this is due to the merging of the cold water of the southward flowing Labrador Current with the warm water of the northward flowing Gulf Stream which occurs off the cape.
Ships are guided around the shoals by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Diamond Shoals Light, a tower built in 1967 after several attempts to complete it failed. The light is unmanned and has steel legs which have been driven over 100 feet into the ocean floor. Prior to this, mariners depended upon the Diamond Shoals Lightship to warn them of the shoals.
This entire area is called the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" because over 600 ships are known to have gone down here, often driven onto the shoals or the beach during storms and hurricanes.



The Lifesaving Service:


During the 1870's, the US Lifesaving Service was established by Congress to reduce the loss of life from shipwrecks.
On the Outer Banks, the service consisted of 25 stations, built every 10 miles or so along the barrier islands. Each station was manned by a crew of experienced surfmen who lived at their station while on duty. Day and night, they patrolled their assigned stretches of beach on horseback looking for ships in distress. When a foundering ship was sighted, the crew went to its rescue regardless of the weather. If they were unable to shoot a line to the ship, They launched their surfboats and rowed through raging seas to rescue the stranded crews. The surfman's unofficial motto was "you have to go out. You don't have to come back."
In 1915, the Lifesaving service was combined with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the United States Coast Guard.





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