• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Bodie Island Lighthouse Lens Work Progressing

Bodie Island lens

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News Release Date: October 27, 2009

Cheryl Shelton-Roberts, along with ten other volunteers from the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, worked with NPS contractor, Carolina Lighthouse Lens Works, and National Park Service volunteers this past week for several days carefully cleaning the prisms from the Bodie Island Lighthouse Fresnel lens.  Cleaning, packing and securing the prisms were preparatory lens work until the restoration work on Bodie Island Lighthouse structure is completed in 2011.  At that time, the prisms will be reassembled, the lens will then be returned and the familiar winking light will once again be seen from the top of the famous beacon.

Did You Know?

A navigational chart showing Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals

When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.