Georgetown Light

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Georgetown Light
Georgetown Light.jpg
Georgetown Light is located in South Carolina
Georgetown Light
Location Winyah Bay, South Carolina
Coordinates 33°13′21.47″N 79°11′6.18″W / 33.2226306°N 79.1850500°W / 33.2226306; -79.1850500Coordinates: 33°13′21.47″N 79°11′6.18″W / 33.2226306°N 79.1850500°W / 33.2226306; -79.1850500
Year first constructed 1801
Year first lit 1812, rebuilt 1867
Automated 1986
Foundation Rubblestone caisson
Construction Brick
Tower shape Conical (nb Light List says "cylindrical")
Markings / pattern White with black lantern
Height 87 feet (27 m)
Focal height 85 feet (26 m)
Original lens 4th order Fresnel (1855)
Current lens VRB-25, Solar Powered
Range 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristic Fl W (2), 15 sec
Admiralty number J2582
ARLHS number USA-323
USCG number

3-120 [1] [2] [3]

Georgetown Lighthouse
Nearest city Georgetown, South Carolina
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1801 [sic], actually 1812
NRHP Reference # 74001857[4]
Added to NRHP December 30, 1974

Georgetown Light on North Island at the entrance to Winyah Bay southeast of Georgetown, South Carolina, is an active light. The light is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, and the lighthouse is now under the control of State of South Carolina as part of the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve. The lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The original lighthouse was a cypress tower. It was destroyed by a storm in 1806. In 1812, a 72 feet (22 m) brick tower was built. A fourth-order Fresnel lens was installed in 1857. It was rebuilt and raised to 87 feet (27 m) in 1867 after suffering damage during the Civil War.[2]

The light was automated in 1986. The focal plane is 85 feet (26 m) above mean high water.[1]