Harbor of Refuge Light
I also saw this lighthouse from the ferry, but I didn't take my telephoto lens from the car, so my photos are not that good of it.
1926 was when this lighthouse was built, and it is still active. The lantern is 72 ft tall with a white flash every 5 seconds. Two red sectors cover nearby shoals. This is a round cast iron lighthouse with 3-story round keeper's quarters, lantern and gallery, mounted on a caisson. It has a solar-powered VRB-25 lens. The DCB-36 aerobeacon used from about 1945 to 1997 has been rebuilt for display on site. Lighthouse painted white, lantern and caisson black. The fog horn blows two 2 secant blasts every 20 seconds. The present lighthouse replaced a beautiful 3-story octagonal lighthouse built on the same caisson. The exterior of the tower was restored by Coast Guard in 1999. Also in 1999, the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation began working for its restoration. In 2001 the Coast Guard repaired the docking platform and ladders to improve safety of access to the building. In April 2002, the Coast Guard granted the Foundation a 20-year lease on the light station, and in August the Foundation began preliminary restoration work. The first step was to restore the windows, which had been removed and boarded up by the Coast Guard. The station's dock landing was restored in March 2003 and the first tour was held in June. On September 30, 2004, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the Foundation. Damage by Hurricane Isabel in September was quickly repaired, but there was concern that the lighthouse was endangered by the poor condition of the Harbor of Reguge Breakwater on which it is built. In late 2007, Congress appropriated $340,000 for repairs to the breakwater. In 2010, winter storms damaged the station's dock, and the lighthouse had to be closed pending repairs. At last report it remains closed. The lighthouse faces the open Atlantic and is highly vulnerable to storms. Located at the end of a long breakwater extending off the tip of Cape Henlopen near Lewes . Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed since 2010.
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Lewes Breakwater Lighthouse
If you get a chance, take a tour of this lighthouse. It is located at the east end of a detached breakwater sheltering Lewes harbor and is accessible only by boat, In 2004 the Delaware River and Bay Authority and the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation formed a partnership to restore the lighthouse, and the lighthouse was subleased to the Foundation. Volunteers began working to clean up the tower, and public tours began in June 2005. Tours have been suspended because of lack of state funding but they might be reinstated when things get better.
The Lewes Breakwater lighthouse was built in 1885 in a spark plug style round tower with 3-story round keeper's quarters, lantern and gallery. It was made inactive in 1996. Although it still has the original 4th order Fresnel lens mounted in the lantern and you can see a white light in the tower from land, this is purely decorative - it is no longer an aid to navigation. The lighthouse is painted reddish brown
The lighthouse was the front light of a range, the Greenhill lighthouse being the rear light. The exterior was restored in 1999, when the lighthouse was transferred to the State of Delaware. There's a good view from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
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