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Marcus Roberts 1 Lighthouses of the Outer Banks.  Outer banks is known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific”  Much shipping and commerce in the 1800s 

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1 Marcus Roberts 1 Lighthouses of the Outer Banks

2  Outer banks is known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific”  Much shipping and commerce in the 1800s  Strong currents  Fierce Storms  Shifting shoals  Hundreds of ships have sunk in these menacing waters  Most lighthouses now part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore operated by the National Park Service 2 Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks

3  Present Bodie Island lighthouse is third construction; first two were defective  Electric light installed in 1932’ ending need for full-time keeper  Keeper’s home now serves as ranger office and visitors center 3 Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks

4  Tallest Lighthouse in North America  Striped markings served as day makers for daytime sailors  Still functions, only now it’s totally automated  Light appears to flash every 7 seconds (light actually rotates )  Rate of “Flashing” identifies the lighthouse 4 Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks

5  Tallest brick lighthouse in the world  1.25 million bricks  Base measures 24 feet by 45.5 feet 5 Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks

6  Spiraling staircase leads to top  275 steps  Over 175,000 tourists visit tower each year to climb the steps 6 Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks

7  Oldest active lighthouse in NC  Shortest lighthouse in NC  Present lighthouse made of brick  Diameter 25 feet at base, 12 feet at top 7 Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks

8 LighthouseYear ConstructedHeightSignal Distance Bodie Island feet19Miles Cape Hatteras1803, feet20 miles Ocracoke feet14 miles 8 Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks

9  Ardith S.  Division of Historic Preservation  Massachusetts State Historical society  145 Backbay Heights Road  Boston, MA  Lighthouses fo the Outer Banks


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