Cape Lookout, NC Lighthouse

Cape Lookout, NC Lighthouse
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Product Code: LH13
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Price: $127.00

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There has always been a need for a lighthouse in this area of the Outer Banks was necessary due to many ships wrecks off the coast of North Carolina. The surrounding area is referred to as Lookout Shoals and is known for its shifting sands, making the shoreline unpredictable to mariners.

The original Cape Lookout Lighthouse was built in 1812 at a cost of $21,000. It was constructed of two towers ( one was constructed inside the other ). The inner tower was constructed of brick. The outer tower was made of boarded and shingled wood, painted with red and white horizontal stripes. This tower stood 96 feet tall ( 104 feet above sea level ). This lighthouse had numerous problems. Its light was not bright enough for sea captains to see and the tower had several cracks. Though attempts were made to renovate the tower, in 1875 Congress approved the construction of a new lighthouse. The old light stood alongside the present day Cape Lookout for several years until it was destroyed well after the Civil War.
The present Cape Lookout lighthouse was completed in 1859 at a cost of $45,000. The lighthouse stands 163 feet above sea level and was equipped with a 1st-order Fresnel lens. The powerful beacon could be seen from at least 19 miles away.

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