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Harkers Island in Carteret County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Protecting People and Ships

 
 
Protecting People and Ships Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 15, 2014
1. Protecting People and Ships Marker
Inscription. The 1859 Cape Lookout Lighthouse warns ships about the dangerous Cape Lookout Shoals—sandbars that jut out over 10 miles into the ocean.

Replacing a short, 107-foot 1812 lighthouse, the new lighthouse has double walls. This design supports the taller 163-foot structure and a Frensnel lens improved the light, casting it nearly 30 miles at night in good weather.

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(upper left) Much of Cape Lookout’s history is tied to federal efforts to protect ships and people at sea. This maritime legacy included the US Lighthouse Service, the US Life-Saving Service, an establishment of the US Coast Guard Station on the cape in 1916.
(upper center) The lighthouse’s diagonal checkerboard pattern was added in 1873 as unique daymark. This design and a unique light flash pattern enables sailors to identify the lighthouse, day or night.
 
Erected by Cape Lookout National Seashore.
 
Location. 34° 41.118′ N, 76° 31.566′ W. Marker is in Harkers Island, North Carolina, in Carteret County. Marker can be reached from Island Road (County Route 1335) east of Cape Point Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Cape Lookout National Seashore
Protecting People and Ships Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 15, 2014
2. Protecting People and Ships Marker
Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Harkers Island NC 28531, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Estuaries of the Sound (a few steps from this marker); Horizon of Islands (within shouting distance of this marker); Olive Thurlow Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); Harkers Island Visitor Center at Cape Lookout National Seashore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cape Lookout Lighthouse (about 500 feet away); Rain Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cisterns (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marine Research (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harkers Island.
 
Also see . . .  Cape Lookout Light Station. Cape Lookout National Seashore (Submitted on August 31, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the distant image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 15, 2014
3. Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the distant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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