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1854 Cape Hatteras lens and pedestal reunited!

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Postby Kevin » Sun Oct 29, 2006 3:56 pm


Hi everybody...

I want you to be among the first to see the historic reunion of the 1854 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel lens and Henry-Lepaute clockwork mechanism and pedestal at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. It was a courageous decision by the National Park Service and the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. I am proud that we did not defer this momentous achievement to a succeeding generation. We can feel good about having redeemed the mistakes of the past involving this incredibly elegant, historic, significant but terribly abused and unappreciated machine from the 19th century. There's little doubt that when you see it in person, you'll know we did the right thing. Someday the apparatus will be recognized as one of the greatest of all American lighthouse artifacts. We already know that the pedestal is the largest of all first-order pedestals in the U.S.

It is especially worth noting that the effort, expertise and extreme care of Jim Woodward and his team, Jim Dunlap, Kurt Fosburg and our very own, Beth Deese, was absolutely remarkable. Upon completing the project Woody told me it was by far the most challenging of any lens jobs in his 40 year career. They are without question, the best!

I was there off and on and filmed the action in high-definition and thousands of photos were taken. I expect you'll see and read a lot more about the 3-week project in the coming days and months.

The pedestal and lens may still have a couple of secrets to reveal about its tumultuous and tortured past. My research continues and I will keep you posted.

I hope you'll be able to visit the museum in the near future.

Best Regards,

Kevin Duffus
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Postby Ross » Sun Oct 29, 2006 4:36 pm


Thanks for the photo Kevin, WOW!

I remember the height of the ceiling in the museum, I can better judge the height of the pedestal and lens. Unbelievable!
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Postby Kevin » Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:13 pm


Sorry, I seem to have posted the image as a thumbnail. Hopefully, here's a bigger version:

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Postby vacastle » Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:39 pm


:yay: Spectacular! :yay:
I can't wait to go back and see the finished project, Kevin. Thanks for posting this tonight.

To see the vast difference, here's the restored lens as it was displayed in the museum before it reunited with it's pedestal...
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So sorry I didn't get there as planned while the work was going on. I missed seeing Woody and Kurt and you. Glad Beth got there though.

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Postby Hersh » Sun Oct 29, 2006 7:04 pm


Thanks for the info Kevin, even though I was not completely in favor of this project, it is neat to see the lens and pedestal together as they were designed to be. I can't wait to see the whole apparatus the next time I make it to the OBX.

I'm sure that with Jim Woodward and his group doing the work that the machine was treated with great reverence.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:17 pm


Not being 100% on board, I think it looks great and I look forward to seeing it when we next visit the obx!
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Postby Pharoslvr » Mon Oct 30, 2006 1:36 pm


Thanks for the photos & text, Kevin!! 'An amazing sight to see
after all these years. :)

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Postby Red » Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:44 pm


It was definately the right decision to reunite the lens with it's pedestal, it really looks fantastic. RED
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Postby Grover1 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:39 am


Follow-up article ... dont know how much is redundant ... from today's Virginia Pilot ..

http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.c ... &ran=74101
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Postby vacastle » Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:32 am


It's a good article and not too redundant...worth the read...especially if you have had any doubts about the pedestal and the lens being reunited.

Thanks for posting it, Barry. :D

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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:41 am


Three prisms and a portion of another recently were donated to the museum by local residents.


It is unfortunate that more pieces have not been returned, but hopefully more will turn up and be donated.
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Postby Hersh » Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:51 pm


Does anyone have a photo of the lantern now that the pedestal has been removed?
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