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Ocracoke postcard face - click to enlarge

Ocracoke postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: NC
Year established: 1798
Latitude: 35 deg 6 min 32 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 59 min 10 sec W
Height above sea level: 75 feet

Original construction:
40-foot pyramidal wooden tower on Shell Castle Island, made useless by a shift in the channel, and destroyed by lightning in 1818

1823: present 75-foot conical brick tower

automated in 1959; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
fixed white visible for 15 nautical miles

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. 7