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Name: Shell Castle Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Ocracoke, North Carolina, United States

Location: Pamlico Sound, just inside Ocracoke Inlet.

This 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.

Tower Height: 64

Description of Tower: Pyramid-shaped wooden tower covered with shingles, on a stone foundation.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1798

Date Deactivated: 1818

Optics: One large lamp with four wicks.

Current Use: Destroyed.


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