• 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

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
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?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.