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THIMBLE SHOAL LIGHT

State: VIRGINIA
Location: ENTRANCE TO HAMPTON ROADS
Nearest City: HAMPTON ROADS
County: HAMPTON ROADS
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1870


Thimble Shoal Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1997
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1914
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1964
  • Foundation Materials: CAST IRON/CONCRETE CAISSON
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: RED TOWER
  • Shape: CONICAL SPARK PLUG
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 40
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: RB 355, SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 55
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1872
  • Description: WOODEN COTTAGE ON SCREWPILE
  • Fate/Disposition: BURNED 1880
  • 2. Construction Date: 1891
  • Description: NEW COTTAGE ON OLD FOUNDATION
  • Fate/Disposition: BURNED 1909 AFTER BEING RAMMED
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1914
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL SPARK PLUG
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
Other Structures:

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: PRIVATE

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: LISTED, 2002-12-02
Name of Listing: THIMBLE SHOAL LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES MPS)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 2003

Miscellaneous:
REMAINS OF OLD SCREW PILE FOUNDATION ARE NEXT TO LIGHT; REFURBISHED BY USCG IN 1988. SOLD AT AUCTION IN 2005 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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