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Tybee Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Tybee Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Tybee Island

State: GA
Year established: 1736
Latitude: 32 deg 1 min 18 sec N
Longitude: 80 deg 50 min 45 sec W
Height above sea level: 144 feet

Original construction:
90-foot octagonal wooden tower

1742: rebuilt 90-foot wood and stone tower after a storm toppled the first tower in 1741
1773: a new octagonal 100-foot brick tower replaced the storm-destroyed wood and stone tower
1867: rebuilt to 145 feet founded on a 60-foot base of the earlier light after its damage during the Civil War

electrified in 1933; automated in 1972; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white light, visible for 19 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 10, 108-109
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 3 Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast, Little River, South Carolina to Econfina River, Florida, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 4