FACT 1: 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.
FACT 2: It only took 23 days to move the lighthouse.
In 1999, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet in 23 days. The incredible group of movers, Expert House Movers, as well as the International Chimney Corp. of Buffalo, New York was rewarded with the Opal Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for the completion of The Cape Hatteras Light House Station Relocation Project also known as "The Move of the Millennium".
FACT 3: The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the United States.
The tower stands at 198.49 feet (from ground to lightning rod), according to the National Park Service.
FACT 4: The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse received the famous black and white stripe daymark pattern in 1873.
The Lighthouse Board assigned each lighthouse a distinctive paint pattern (daymark) and light sequence (nightmark) to allow mariners to recognize it from all others during the day and night as they sailed along the coast.
Tour the lighthouse virtually.
Or peek at the amazing view on the webcam from the top of the lighthouse here.
Visit KEES Attractions to see more lighthouses and The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum located on Hatteras Island.
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