Roanoke Marshes Light
Roanoke Marshes Light (USCG)
|Location||South end of Croatan Sound, North Carolina|
|Year first lit||1877|
|Tower shape||square house|
|Height||37 feet (11 m)|
|Original lens||fourth-order Fresnel lens|
|Characteristic||fixed white with red sector|
Little is recorded about this light, which was replaced in 1955 with an automated light on a shorter tower. It marks the south entrance to the channel through Croatan Sound, to the east of a marshy shoal extending from the western shore. Ironically this places it in the deepest bottom in the area.
There was a predecessor light on this site, beginning in 1857. The pictured light, of conventional screw-pile construction, was lit in 1877. When the light was decommissioned, an unsuccessful attempt was made by a private party to move it, but the house was lost in the sound.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: North Carolina". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- Light List, Volume II, Atlantic Coast, Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2007. p. 297.
- "Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse". Town of Manteo, NC. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
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