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Auction for Sharps Island

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Postby Grover1 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:28 pm


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Postby Grover1 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:39 am


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Postby Red » Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:46 am


This lightis very difficult to board and the 15 degree list would make it next to impossible to inhabit. RED
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Postby ericlighthouse » Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:11 am


I wonder if the new owner would be allowed to straighten the tilt. Seems like the tower of Pisa to me, no tilt and it is just another cassion lighthouse.
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Postby NoahG » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:55 am


I wonder if it is feasible to move the lighthouse from the caisson to the mainland? I know there is the whole "historical integrity" issue of being preserved on site, but in this case, I think it would have better chances of survival if straightened/moved.
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Postby ericlighthouse » Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:36 am


I believe this is still an active light (dispite the tilt). In which case it could not be moved.
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Postby NoahG » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:01 pm


Well, it could be turned for a few days and then moved to a skeletal tower.
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Postby ericlighthouse » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:29 am


Who would pay for a new tower? The Coast Guard is on a very limited budget.
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Postby Rob143 » Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:27 pm


Amazingly the current bid is $55,000 with a closing date of 9/22/08 @ 1400EDT.

Despite other bay lights going for similar or higher money I never really thought this one would get anywhere near this high.
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Postby Rob143 » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:38 pm


Now up to $70,000 with a new closing date of 9/23/08 @ 1400EDT.
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Postby Zachary » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:51 am


As much as I want Sharps Island to be saved, what can be done with it
the inside is unsafe to enter and they basically said that whoever buys it can't go inside, and straightening it would most certainly be expensive, not to mention all the other work it would need afterwords, sandblasting, painting, most likely major structural work.
The description leads me to believe that the optic is no longer active in this tower, but it is still there, and it has to stay there until the coast guard says it can be moved, which means the rest of the tower has to stay as well right?
So moving the tower inland is out of the question as well....
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Postby Rob143 » Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:11 pm


$80,000
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Postby LighthouseNews » Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:45 am


Zachary, it is an active light. The CG installed a leveling mechanism to the optic.

I cannot believe that someone would pay $80,000 for it. The costs to stabilize it (it's sinking besides leaning) and all the other requirements will put the costs sky high.

Even Michael Gabriel decided to pass on it beyond a certain point in the bidding.
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