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Horseshoe Shoal Lighthouse

1867 – Horseshoe Shoal light-vessels.—In accordance with the policy decided upon by the board to replace wherever possible the authorized light-vessels by lighthouses, the necessary examinations of the site at this station have been made, and a screw-pile structure, as the most suitable, is now in hand, and will be completed during the next year.

1868 – Horseshoe shoal.—The screw-pile structure, reported at the date of the last annual report as being on hand, was erected at this station and lighted for the first time on the evening of March 9,1868. On February 25, the work being well advanced, signs of settlement were first discovered, and the opposite side was weighted to make the settlement equal if possible. On the 23d of March the work suddenly settled three feet, and in the precarious state of the structure the light was discontinued, and the light house, as far as practicable, removed and placed in store at Newbern, North Carolina. The parts left standing on the shoal are the piles, with five-feet screws, sleeves and lower tension rods.


  • Head: William Chadwick (1868).
  • Assistant: Brian Rumley (1868).

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