Cape Hatteras Light House

Cape Hatteras Light House

This light house had to be moved back from its original location in the summer of 1999. The natural movement of the islands on North Carolina’s Outer banks had brought the ocean so close to the lighthouse, it was feared the historic structure might be lost. The Cape Hatteras Light House is the nations tallest at 208 feet and has been in service over 100 years as it warns ships of the Diamond Shoals. The Outer Banks area is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic because of the many ship wrecks off the barrier islands since it was first visited by ships over 400 years ago.

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  1. 1

    zouarvehat said,

    Is it still operational?

    • 2

      beebeesworld said,

      Hmm-I should know this -if the http:// link is visible, it should tell you. You can still walk up to the top and there is a small museum there-you can also walk to where the old base was before it was moved. The whole NC Outer banks area is beautiful largely still wild and offers unparalleled scenery. I love it!beebeesworld

  2. 3

    Janet said,

    We’ve been to the outer banks several times and it is one of my family’s favourite places. We climed the light house several years ago and the view is breathtaking.

    • 4

      beebeesworld said,

      It is indeed. This year, we started at Kitty Hawk area and went to the mid-section via ferry from okracoke-tiy was sorta the mid-section of the banks- not far from the military bases. It was not crowded, lots of pirate these stuff, a state aquarium-very pretty.

      ________________________________

  3. 5

    Sandra Bennett said,

    My kids are headed in that vicinity tomorrow. They have rented a cottage at Waves. Wish I were going.

  4. 7

    combs2jc said,

    Lighthouses normally are painted so that no other lighthouse looks like it (back when they were important navigational aids to ships). BUT this lighthouse and the St. Augustine lighthouse (on Anastasia Island) are both painted the same way. The only difference is the St. Augustine lighthouse does not have the bricj work at its base. I collect both of these lighthouses and grewup under the shadow of the St Augustine lighthouse. Thank you for posting this. :)

  5. 12

    Gilly Gee said,

    Fascinating how they move entire buildings.

  6. 13

    journalplace said,

    I had the opportunity to visit the lighthouse at the time it was moved. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you for the post.

  7. 14

    I think I saw that one when I visited the Outer Banks. It’s amazing that they can move such a big building, although it’s obviously possible. In Newfoundland it used to be routine to put your house in the ocean and float it to another location.

    • 15

      beebeesworld said,

      I watched a TV show back in 1999 about how they moved it. It really is amazing! Wow, I had never heard about the Newfoundland move. I know some houses that were build on the NC outer banks islands were moved when the area (such as Cape Lookout) became a National Park.

  8. 16

    russtowne said,

    Thank you, beebee. I love lighthouses. They are symbolic to me of many positive things and about much that is good in this world. We have a bunch of lighthouses in California and I love to visit them.
    Russ


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