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HARBOR OF REFUGE (SOUTH) BREAKWATER LIGHT

State: DELAWARE
Location: LEWES HARBOR /
DELAWARE BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: LEWES
County: SUSSEX
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1896


Harbor of Refuge (South) Breakwater Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1996
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1926
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1973
  • Foundation Materials: CAST IRON CAISSON/ROCK JETTY
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE TOWER/BROWN CYLINDER/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 76
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: DCB-36 (SOLAR POWERED)
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 72
  • 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: 1926
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
Other Structures: BREAKWATER

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: DELAWARE RIVER AND BAY LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION, INC.

Open to the Public? YES, FOR SCHEDULED TOURS ONLY

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:
1896 TOWER BADLY DAMAGED IN 1920 STORM, REBUILT 1926; TOOK OVER DUTIES OF CAPE HENLOPEN LIGHT; NORTH LIGHT, BUILT IN 1913, IS BROWN CYLINDER W/BLACK LANTERN ON CONCRETE BASE. TRANSFERRED TO THE DELAWARE RIVER AND BAY LIGHHTOUSE FOUNDATION IN 2004 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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