Deepwater Shoals Light
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Undated photograph of Deepwater Shoals Light (USCG)
|Location||Off Fort Eustis in the James River, northwest of Newport News, Virginia|
|Year first lit||1855|
|Tower shape||hexagonal house|
|Height||27 feet (8.2 m)|
|Original lens||sixth-order Fresnel lens|
This light was erected in 1855 to mark the western edge of the channel. Ice damaged the light in the following year, and again in 1867; in the latter case the light had to be rebuilt completely, at which time the light was upgraded to a sixth-order Fresnel from the previous masthead light. During the Civil War the light was extinguished by confederate forces; relit in 1862, the Lighthouse Board reconsidered and removed the lighting apparatus to Fort Monroe for safekeeping.
Decommissioning came in 1936, and the house was torn down in 1966. A steel tower light has been erected on the old iron foundation.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Virginia". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Deepwater Shoals Light, from the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society
- de Gast, Robert (1973). The Lighthouses of the Chesapeake. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 150.
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