New Cape Henry Lighthouse
Fort Story, Virginia
Light Location: Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia
First Built: 1879-1881
First Lit: 1881
Built By: BUILT BY
Current Tower Construction & Facts:
- Year Built: 1879-1881
- Tower Height: 164 feet
- Focal Plane: 164 feet
- Material: Cast iron plated inner and outer walls with a brick lining
- Shape: Octagonal
- Markings: Two rows of alternating vertical black and white stripes
- Optic: First order Fresnel Lens installed early 1880s
- Originally lit by oil lamps and reflectors
- Now lit by Fresnel and 1000 watt 80,000 candlepower bulb
- Characteristic: 20 second flashing
- Electricity: 1923
- Automated: 1984
- Visibility: 15-19 miles due to bright city lights that overpower it
Fog Signal Facts:
- Steam siren signal
- Diaphone fog signal
Currently Owned By: US Coast Guard
Currently Managed By: US Coast Guard
Accessibility: Not open to the public, can be seen from the street and from Old Cape Henry lighthouse.
- Used as a radio beacon for the US Coast Guard
- Is a ground site for the Global Positioning System
- Is a harbor control tower for the Virginia Pilots Association and the Association of Maryland Pilots
- Built because the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse was deemed dangerously unstable due to large cracks in its faces.
- First assistant keepers quarters
- Second assistant keepers quarters
- Oil house
Involvement in Wars:
- World War II - used as a battery commander's station with two 16-inch howitzers
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