Bodie Island Lighthouse

State/Province/Region
NC
Country
US
Town
Outer Banks
Description

Bodie Island is part of a barrier island chain known as the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The ocean currents and sandy shoals off the coast of the Outer Banks pose a very dangerous threat to ships navigating north and south along the coast. Two powerful ocean currents, the Gulf Stream from the south and the Virginia Coastal Current from the north, collide off of the Cape's point stirring up the sandy sea bottom and creating ever changing shoals. Although it is advantageous for mariners to ride these currents, doing so forces them very close to the dangerous sandy shoals that extend out from the coast. A treacherous shoal known as Diamond Shoals extends out fourteen miles from the tip of Cape Hatteras and has been responsible for the shipwrecks of hundreds of ships, claiming thousands of lives over the years. In fact, it became known as the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’. http://www.rickslighthouses.com/bodie.htm

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Date Added
April 1, 2010
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April 1, 2010