Old Orchard Shoal Lost in Superstorm Sandy

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Postby wheland » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:33 am

I believe it's the only lighthouse to have been lost in Superstorm Sandy - here's a link to a story.

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/20 ... d_lig.html

I'm a bit surprised at this because the southern shore of Staten Island is where the worst damage was but so far I've read nothing about Great Beds LH suffering any damage.

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Postby MontaukPoint » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:21 pm

I'm surprised as well -- I've always thought the Sparkplug towers were extremely durable. I wonder if it had some sort of damage to its foundation that left it vulnerable (rusted anchors or the like)?
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Postby wheland » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:13 pm

It was one of the lighthouses sold as surplus so the maintenance on it was probably a bit behind of what it should have been.

Could be just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Postby island » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:50 pm

Caisson lights were much more resistant to high waves and ice than the screw piles. However the cast iron of which the caissons were constructed was prone to develop cracks when exposed to storm waves or ice flows.. If not rectified by the timely addition of steel bands the cracks would continue to expand and additional cracks would develop. This could lead to eventual catastrophic failure during intense storm wave conditions or heavy ice flow. This is not necessarily the cause of the loss of this lighthouse but it is very likely a significant factor with maintenance being of diminishing concern in the years following automation in 1955.
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