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3 Facts You Should Know About Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has a dark tie to the sinking of the Titanic.
One late night back on April 14, 1912, Richard Dailey and Horace Gaskins were the lighthouse's station operators. That night they received a telegram message from the Titanic stating "CQD: Have Struck Iceberg" at 11:25 p.m. They then forwarded the urgent message to the New York Station (their headquarters) only for it to be taken as some kind of joke. Twenty-one-year-old David Sarnoff was the receiver in New York that night, who like others, believed the Titanic was unsinkable. He assumed the men were troublemakers and asked them not to send any more messages. Following their previous orders, after the men received a second telegram from a ship 67 miles from the Titanic, they did not forward it. The telegram sent to Hatteras is thought to be the earliest knowledge of this tragedy.



It only took 23 days to move the lighthouse. In 1999, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet in 23 days. The historical move was to preserve the lighthouse from beach erosion. The incredible group of movers were rewarded the Opal Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the United States, standing at 198.49 feet (from ground to lightning rod), according to the National Park Service.


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