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Name: Thimble Shoal Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Hampton, Virginia, United States

Location: Entrance to Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Bay.

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Managing Organization:
Private owner

The first two wooden lighthouses at this location both were destroyed by fire. This lighthouse was offered to a qualified new owner under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, but there were no applicants and the lighthouse was sold for $65,000 through an auction in October 2005 to Peter Jurewicz of Smithfield, VA. The Coast Guard still maintains the optic and related equipment.

Tower Height: 40

Height of Focal Plane: 55

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds.

Description of Tower: Red conical cast iron tower on cylindrical caisson.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1872: Wooden screwpile tower; 1891: second screwpile structure.

Date Established: 1870

Date Present Tower Built: 1914

Date Automated: 1964

Optics: 1914: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now RB 355 solar powered optic.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only. The lighthouse can be seen from a boardwalk at Fort Monroe in Hampton and from beaches in Norfolk.

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