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Name: Ship Shoal Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Berwick, Louisiana, United States

Location: South of Grand Isle, Gulf of Mexico.

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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

This lighthouse was modeled after Florida's reef lights. Since the keepers were removed, the tower has been neglected and has fallen into disrepair. It has also developed a list to one side. There is now discussion of dismantling the tower and moving it to the town of Berwick.

Tower Height: 125

Height of Focal Plane: 117

Description of Tower: Octagonal, pyramidal cast iron skeleton tower on screw pile foundation.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1859

Date Present Tower Built: 1859

Date Deactivated: 1972

Date Automated: 1929

Optics: 1859: Second order Fresnel lens, later third order Fresnel lens (removed).

Current Use: Abandoned.

Open To Public? no


Accessible by boat only.

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