Fourteen Foot Bank Light

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Fourteen Foot Bank Light
Fourteen Foot Bank Light
Fourteen Foot Bank Light is located in Delaware
Fourteen Foot Bank Light
Location near Bowers Beach Delaware Bay, Delaware
Coordinates 39°02′54″N 75°11′01″W / 39.0482°N 75.1836°W / 39.0482; -75.1836Coordinates: 39°02′54″N 75°11′01″W / 39.0482°N 75.1836°W / 39.0482; -75.1836
Year first constructed 1886
Year first lit 1888
Automated 1972
Foundation Cast Iron and Concrete Caisson
Construction Cast Iron
Tower shape Square
Height 40 feet (12 m)
Focal height 59 feet (18 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Characteristic white flash every 9 s, red sector covers nearby shoal
Admiralty number J1266
ARLHS number USA-305
USCG number


Fourteen Foot Bank Light
Architectural style other
NRHP Reference # 89000286[1][2]
Added to NRHP March 27, 1989

Fourteen Foot Bank Light is a lighthouse in the Delaware Bay near Bowers Beach, Delaware. Built in 1885-1886 at the south end of Joe Flogger Shoal, it was the first lighthouse to be built using a pneumatic caisson. The wooden caisson structure was excavated to a depth of 23 feet (7.0 m) below the seabed, then filled with 2,000 cubic yards (1,500 m3) of concrete. A cast iron base was meanwhile erected on the caisson as it sank. A house-like structure was built on top of the base, designed by H.A. Ramsay and Son of Baltimore. Engineers for the structure were Anderson and Barr, and the contractor was D.P. Heap.[3]

The light is 11 miles (18 km) offshore, and therefore not visible from land. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b NHRP Registration form
  3. ^ Maynard, W. Barksdale (2008). "Kent County". Buildings of Delaware. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-8139-2702-2.