St Simons Island Lighthouse Poster

joancarroll

Fort Worth, United States

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What’s better than one lighthouse? THREE LIGHTHOUSES! My first visit to St Simons Island Light was midday with bright sun and lots of people. I had the chance a couple of days later to do a quick visit soon after sunrise when the light was better and it was quieter. There is something to be said for beautiful lighthouse restorations, and this is certainly one of them. The lighthouse has undergone several restorations, the latest one in 2010. But it is a very crowded place since St Simons Island itself is a highly sought after vacation spot! The St. Simons Island Light is a lighthouse on the southern tip of St. Simons Island, Georgia, United States. It guides ships into St. Simons Sound and warns of the many sandbars in the area. The original St. Simons Island lighthouse, which was built in 1810, was a 75-foot-tall (23 m) early federal octagonal lighthouse topped by a 10-foot (3.0 m) oil-burning lamp. During the American Civil War, U.S. military forces employed a Naval blockade of the coast. An invasion by Union troops in 1862 forced Confederate soldiers to abandon the area. The retreating troops destroyed the lighthouse to prevent it from being an aid to the navigation of Union warships. The U.S. government constructed a new lighthouse to replace the original, building it to the west of the original’s location. It is a 104-foot (32 m) brick structure completed in 1872 and was outfitted with a third-order, biconvex Fresnel lens. The lens is one of 70 such lenses that remain operational in the United States.

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