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Currituck Beach postcard face - click to enlarge

Currituck Beach postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Currituck Beach

State: NC
Year established: 1875
Latitude: 36 deg 22 min 36 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 49 min 50 sec W
Height above sea level: 158 feet

Original construction:
present 163-foot brick tower

automated in 1939; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 20 seconds visible for 18 nautical miles

one of only about a dozen lighthouses using an original Fresnel lens

More information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 2 Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 6