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DELAWARE BREAKWATER LIGHT

State: DELAWARE
Location: LEWES HARBOR/DELAWARE BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: LEWES
County: SUSSEX
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1885


Delaware Breakwater Light
1997 photo courtesy Ted Smith
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1885
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1996
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: BRICK W/CAST IRON PLATES
  • Markings/Patterns: BROWN TOWER ON WHITE PIER
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 49
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 375 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 61
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1885
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style: SPARK PLUG INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
Other Structures:

Current Use:

Owner/Manager: GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING; Reference #89000289
Name of Listing: NATIONAL HARBOR OF REFUGE & DELAWARE BREAKWATER HARBOR HISTORIC DISTRICT
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
SIGNIFICANT AS BREAKWATER; WITH LIGHTSHIPS, TOOK OVER DUTIES OF CAPE HENLOPEN LIGHT



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