Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Flashing after Coast Guard Repairs

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

BUXTON, N.C. — The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is flashing again, thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn said Coast Guard personnel replaced a spindle motor that rotated the lights so that they beamed out to the Atlantic Ocean every 7.5 seconds.

The rotating device stopped working earlier this week and the light quit flashing. According to a University of North Carolina website, since 1950, the light has used a device where two 1,000 watt bulbs protected by aluminum drums burn in front of parabolic reflectors.

Littlejohn said the motor and drive gears just below make the lights rotate. The Coast Guard regularly maintains the light, wiring and gears.

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