Diamond Shoals Light Tower

 | By Seamus on 3/16/2017 11:15:44 PM | Views (5386)

In the early 1960s, "Texas Tower" lighthouses were erected at six offshore sites on the East coast. Diamond Shoals was the second to last to be built, and was activated in 1966; it was automated in 1977. The unmanned lighthouse suffered significant damage from Hurricane Fran in 1996, and the catwalks were subsequently found to be so rotten that the light could only be safely visited by helicopter. The light was extinguished in 2001, and has since been removed.

Although the light was removed, the tower still stands and is frequented by fishermen for the many species of fish that live below and near it. Amberjack and barracuda are some of the larger fish that call Diamond Shoals light tower their home.
In October 2012 the tower was purchased at auction by a citizen who plans to restore it.

Structure Information

Diamond Shoals Light Tower is a fishing spot. A platform used for gas/oil extraction and/or climate/weather observation can be found at this location.

This fishing spot was added to the database on 3/20/2011 12:35:35 AM by Seamus and last updated on 3/16/2017 11:15:44 PM.


Location

Hatteras, NC US


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GPS Coordinates

Degree, Decimal Minutes:
35º 09.020', 75º 18.020'
Decimal Degrees:
35.15033, -75.30033
Degree, Minutes, Seconds:
35º 09' 01.19", 75º 18' 01.19"

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