Cockspur Island Lighthouse

Cockspur Island Lighthouse (HMVRR)

Location: Tybee Island, GA 31328 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 1.653', W 80° 53.557'

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Designed and built in 1848 by renowned architect, John Norris to mark the entrance to the South Channel of the Savannah River, the Cockspur Island Lighthouse was destroyed by a hurricane in 1854. A larger replacement was built on the same foundation in 1855. During the American Civil War, the light was temporarily extinguished. The lighthouse survived the 30 hour Union bombardment of Confederate-held Fort Pulaski in 1862 and hurricanes in 1881 and 1893. By the late 1800s, shipping had moved to the North Channel of the Savannah River. The lighthouse was no longer needed and was deactivated in 1909. In 1958, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred control of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse to the National Park Service.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number25-41
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society and Friends of The Cockspur Island Lighthouse
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 4:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 510139 N 3543494
Decimal Degrees32.02755000, -80.89261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.653', W 80° 53.557'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 39.18" N, 80° 53' 33.42" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30757 US-80, Tybee Island GA 31328, US
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