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Lighthouse History

Built: 1798

Type: Pyramid-shaped wooden tower covered with shingles, on a stone foundation.

Height: 64 feet

Status: Destroyed 1818

Lens: One large lamp with four wicks

Location: Pamlico Sound, just inside Ocracoke Inlet

Notes: Shell Castle Island lighthouse was made useless by shifting sandbars and channels, but it remained in operation until destroyed by lightning in August 1818. It was replaced by a lightship for a few years until Ocracoke Lighthouse was built in 1823. The builder of this lighthouse was Henry Dearborn, who also built the first Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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