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Coast Guard Transfers Bodie Island Fresnel Lens

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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:55 am


From: Mary_Doll
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 10:13 AM
Subject: Press Release: Coast Guard Transfers Bodie Island Lighthouse
Fresnel Lens to National Park Service


*** NEWS RELEASE ***

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
OUTER BANKS GROUP

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Wright Brothers National Memorial

For Immediate Release:
For Information Contact:
April 22, 2005
Steve Harrison - National Park Service

(252) 473-2111 x159

Krys Hannum - Coast Guard

(757) 398-6272


U.S. Coast Guard to Transfer Bodie Island Lighthouse
Fresnel Lens to National Park Service


The Bodie Island Lighthouse first order Fresnel lens will be formally
transferred from the United States Coast Guard to the National Park Service
(NPS) during a ceremony celebrating the transfer at 2 PM on Monday, April
25. At the ceremony Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara, Commander of the Fifth
Coast Guard District will sign the transfer document.

The Coast Guard transferred the lighthouse to the NPS in 2000. The lens
itself was not transferred because the Coast Guard considers the lens
personal property, rather than real property. As part of the lens
transfer, the NPS has agreed to maintain the navigation functionality of
the lighthouse.

"The NPS is grateful to the Coast Guard for this transfer which will allow
the historic integrity of the lens and tower to be maintained," stated Mark
Hardgrove, Acting Superintendent of the NPS Outer Banks Group.

When the tower is restored in the future, the lens will be temporarily
removed. While it is out of the tower, it will receive necessary
conservation treatment to ensure its preservation. The lens will be
reinstalled in the tower following restoration work.

There are only a handful of lighthouses remaining with their original first
order lens. The first-order lens was manufactured by Barbier and Fenestre,
Paris, France, in 1871. The inside diameter of the lens is 6 feet, 9/16
inches. It is shaped like a beehive with its center section consisting of
eight panels or bull's-eye's. Above the central panels, the 16 upper
catadioptric panels each consist of eighteen prisms; and below the central
panels, the seven lower catadioptric panels consist of eight prisms. The
lens sits on an iron pedestal. When an oil or kerosene lamp was used, a
4-inch-diameter iron tube would have connected a damper tube at the top of
lens to the bottom of the ventilator ball.

Today, an electric cable powers a modern lamp. The light was first
exhibited on October 1, 1872, and continues to be maintained and operated
as an active aid to navigation.


####

National Park Service
Outer Banks Group
1401 National Park Road
Manteo, NC 27954


:D Hope some of you can come out and join us Monday April 25th for this long awaited celebration.

Judy Castleberry
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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:31 am


:yay: \:D/
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Postby COTA » Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:14 pm


Anybody able to attend?
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Postby vacastle » Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:12 pm


Bett Padgett, Bruce Roberts and I will be there. I'm hoping some others can make it. Being a weekday...they don't make it easy for us.

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Postby Pharoslvr » Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:32 pm


A lot of work went into securing this lens, by
a lot of dedicated folks! Congratulations to all
those who participated :!:

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Postby COTA » Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:45 pm


Judy,
Please take photos for us.
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Postby vacastle » Sat Apr 23, 2005 6:16 am


Oh, I will be sure to do that!

We are to do a photo opt with U.S. Cellular as they present the huge oversize cardboard (takes three people to hold up) check on the grounds at BILH. They called me last week to ask for the name and number of a local professional photographer they could hire that could do the job for them.

I said, "Well actually...Bruce Roberts will be in attendance!" So...they'll have a pro alright! :lol:

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Postby Grover1 » Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:41 pm


A little more background into the transfer ...

http://obsentinel.womacknewspapers.com/ ... ps2521.txt
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:43 am


I just hope that Larry Belli's replacement is as much
of a friend to lighthouses as he was! It is sad that he
won't be there tomorrow, especially in light of the fact
that he played such a big role in securing that lens. :(

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Postby COTA » Mon Apr 25, 2005 10:12 am


I certainly hope so. I hope Jones :twisted: has no pull on that string.
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Postby mikev » Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:07 am


Congratulations to all involved on this one. Most of us may not be there in person, but the whole lighthouse community will be there in spirit.

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Postby vacastle » Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:58 am


Some additional information from a NPS Press Release...
In a ceremony at Bodie Island lighthouse on Monday, April 25, at 2:00 PM, the United States Coast Guard will formally relinquish control of the first order Fresnel lens to the National Park Service (NPS) through the required General Services Administration's Federal personal property disposal process. Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara, Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District will preside over the ceremonial transfer of control of the lens to the NPS.

Although the Bodie Island Lighthouse structure and keeper's quarters are currently under NPS control and administration, the control of the
lighthouse lens has remained with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard does not normally relinquish control of Fresnel lenses (priceless historic artifacts) unless it is under the authority given to it by the National
Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA), and the lens is no longer
needed as a Federal Aid to Navigation. The NPS has their own Division of
Conservation and have restored and preserved many lighthouse lenses over the years. Additionally, given the credentials of the NPS as the Federal expert in historic preservation requirements, the fact that the NPS already controls and cares for the lighthouse structure, the NPS's plans to restore the Fresnel lens and maintain it as an private aid to navigation, and the desire of the NPS, the Coast Guard, and the interested public to keep the Fresnel in or the lighthouse, the Coast Guard is willing to make an exception in this case and allow control of this priceless artifact to leave the Coast Guard and become available to NPS. Under the control of NPS, the Fresnel will also still be in Federal government ownership and will still be protected by the National Historic Preservation Act.

In order to enable the Coast Guard to relinquish control of the lens, the
Fresnel lens will cease to operate as a Federal aid to navigation maintained by the Coast Guard, and the NPS will operate and maintain the Fresnel lens as an aid to navigation.

I attended the ceremony and celebration yesterday. There were many
news reporters and photographers present, including one from
Southern Living magazine. The Coast Guard, the National Park
Service and the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society were represented,
and tons of photos were taken. After the transfer, officials were
treated to a tour to the top of the tower. It was a happy celebration for all in attendance.

The NPS's plan is to disassemble it and bring it down from the lantern room, and they hope to use the museum area of the Keeper's Dwelling for the restoration work. This will make it possible for the public to
see the process and ask questions. Of course, a lot of money needs
to be raised first. It's estimated that $60,000 is still needed for the lens
restoration.

I personally met and talked to the new NPS Supertintendent, Outer
Banks Group, Cape Hatteras National Seashore. I think he's going to do a great job, and he is well received. Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara, Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, is a lovely lady. I've met her before, but yesterday got to spend a little one-on-one time with her.

I also met the Chief of the Fifth, USCG Aids to Navigation who gave
me a personal :D invitation to tour the Aids to Navigation school in
Yorktown, Va, and I'm definitely going to take him up on it!

If I can find some time, I'll try to post a few photos tonight. A long day, driving down to OBX and back, but it was worth everything it took.

Judy :D

P.S.
Southern Living photographer said we could expect to see this
possibly in the May '06 issue, as they shoot a year ahead. She did
an extensive photo shoot of Bruce & Cheryl Roberts while there.
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Postby bert911 » Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:08 pm


Judy ~

I am looking forward to your pictures. I wish I could have been there with you.

If you would like someone to tour Yorktown with you, let me know! :lol:

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