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Bodie Island Lighthouse Lens Work Progressing

Bodie Island lens

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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?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.