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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet Tour

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News Release Date: August 1, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Cindy and Ben Helland (left) of Columbus, OH and Nathan Howell of Lansing, NC spent an afternoon exploring U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescue vessels with USCG Fireman Kyle McLane at the Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet Tour this past Wednesday. This free program is provided by the National Park Service and the USCG every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon through the summer months. The USCG and its predecessor, the U.S. Lifesaving Service, have a long and distinguished heritage on the Outer Banks. This coming Monday, August 4 will be celebrated nationally as Coast Guard Day – the anniversary of the 1790 establishment of the Revenue Cutter Service, forbearer of today's USCG. (NPS Photo)

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.