November 4, 1698 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse in England, designed by Henry Winstanley, goes into service.
November 27, 1703 – Eddystone Lighthouse, which had been largely rebuilt in 1699, is destroyed in a ferocious storm. Designer Henry Winstanley is in the lighthouse and dies when it falls into the sea.
November 5, 1796 – Montauk Point Lighthouse, New York, is completed. It remains an active aid to navigation and is the oldest lighthouse in the state.
November 15, 1855 – Point Loma Lighthouse, at the entrance to San Diego Bay in California, goes into service.
November 6, 1872 – General George Gordon Meade dies. Meade commanded the Union forces at the Battle of Gettysburgh in the Civil War. Before the war, as an engineer for the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, he was responsible for the construction of a number of lighthouses, including Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse in Delaware (the first screwpile lighthouse in the U.S., 1850), the Florida Reef lights at Carysfort Reef, Sand Key, Sombrero Key, and Rebecca Shoal, and three tall brick towers in New Jersey-Barnegat, Absecon, and Cape May.
November 27, 1881 – A violent storm topples the Bull Rock Lighthouse off the south coast of Ireland. Six men are at the station but not in the tower; they are rescued two weeks later.
November 1, 1887 – Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Florida, is lighted for the first time.
November 16, 1996 – Nauset Lighthouse on Cape Cod in Massachusetts is moved 336 feet to a new location away from the eroding bluffs of Nauset Light Beach, thanks to the Nauset Light Preservation Society.
November 1996 – A team of divers in the Mediterranean Sea report finding the ruins of a fabled ancient lighthouse, the Pharos of Alexandria.
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