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Ocracoke light is out

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Postby Seasentinel » Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:08 am


I hunted for this and didnt see anything about it but Ocracoke's light is out! Saturday night we went down there from Nags Head to get some dusk shots of the lighthouse with the light on. I'd done it once but Tim had not so we thought it would be a great thing to do. We got there around 5:30 and had dinner then waited for the light to come on. As the sun set the light didnt come on....8pm stil nothing and I knew something was wrong. The ranger had left so no one was home to ask about it. We waited till about 8:30..well past the time it should've come on then had to leave to get the 9pm ferry back to Hatteras. The light never came on. I jokingly said maybe the bulb burned out. Sunday we went to Cape Hatteras in the morning to climb it and asked about Ocracoke. Well guess what??? The bulb did burn out 2 WEEKS AGO! We were pretty upset about sitting there and waiting for nothing when we could've been been at Bodie or Hatteras. We missed a night to get pics when our time there was so short. :(.

This brings me to what Tim and I think should happen. There should be some sticky here on this board for lights that are out if anyone knows of one. Also they should have a notice of some type at the lighthouses telling you if there is any repairs or lights out. I think each of the lighthouses there should have a notice when something is going on at one of them because most likely if one goes to one lighthouse there they'll visit a couple more. Afterall I'm sure there's other people besides us that go to photograph them. :(
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:43 pm


That would have pissed me off, as well. Two weeks to replace a bulb?? Sounds like someone's getting a little 'slack' on the job. :roll:

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:52 am


Can you imagine how long a lighthouse keeper would have lasted on the job if he/she had let their light go out for 2 weeks or more????? This is a real shame. I would have thought better of the NPS. :(
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Postby rocky5128 » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:43 pm


I am expected to change lightbulbs at work within 1 hour of being notified :roll: . I catch a lot of flack if I am not there to do it. If I let it go 2 weeks I would probably lose my job.


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Postby Gangreen » Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:14 pm


Hi Sweetie, I'm all signed up now. The funniest thing about it was that the rangers that were there watering the flowers and stuff, saw us walk up to the lighthouse with our equiptment (at Dusk) and set it up. They were on their way out and spoke to us. They watched us set up tripods and never even thought to say anything about it being out. :( :evil:
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