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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Closed on September 6 for Window Replacement Project

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Date: September 1, 2006

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be closed for climbing on September 6 for one day only to complete the installation of the first of seven new cast ductile iron windows. This first window is a prototype window to verify proper fit. Once proper fit is established, then the remaining six windows will be fabricated and installed after the lighthouse closes for the 2006 season in October.

The new windows will restore the original historic look to the lighthouse and will operate more effectively, provide better ventilation, and wind resistance.

Garcia Forest Service, LLC, an NPS contractor, anticipates the one day closure will be sufficient time to complete the work.

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.