How the move of America's tallest lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, NC took place is apparent as seen here. Main beans were put into place with hydraulic jacks. As the cross bracing was removed from the orange shoring towers, the seven main beams were threaded in between. These beams with their jacks lifted the lighthouse to allow roll beams to be put into place. Once the roll beams were in place, the slide began. Push jacks then pushed uniformly against the main beams from behind the lighthouse and moved it to its new home and safety.
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