Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse Auction Online
The Online Public Auction of Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse was opened on July 16, 2007. Someone dreaming of owning the 3-story cast-iron Classical Revival Victorian Lighthouse bid 10 thousand dollars yesterday. For information about bidding, please visit GSA Real Property Auction.
The Lighthouse, located 3 miles offshore of Bowers Beach, Delaware, was excessed by the U.S. Coast Guard on June 13, 2005. Only the American Lighthouse Foundation in partnership with the University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies considered ownership yet raising funds for the remote Tower was not feasible.
Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse was named for the 14-feet of water covering a dangerous mile long shoal bank in the Delaware Bay. In 1876, a Lightship was placed on station to aid navigation approaching the Delaware River. Ice floes drove Lightship LV-19 off station every winter when the beacon was most needed.
Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse was First Lit on Dec 01, 1886 exhibiting a Fixed White Light with two Red Sectors to warn mariners away from Brown Shoal and Joe Flogger Shoal, illuminated by a Fourth-order Fresnel lens 59-feet above sea level to a range of 10 nautical miles. Currently, the Lighthouse exhibits a Flashing White Light every nine seconds with a Red Sector that covers Brown and Joe Flogger Shoals, illuminated by a modern solar powered optic.
Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse is best viewed and accessed by boat.
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