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Bodie Island Lighthouse Restoration Photos- 2010

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Courtesy James Charlet, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum

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Scaffold technicians completed the canvas shroud that covers the top four levels of the Bodie Island Lighthouse during mid-February. The shroud allows crew members to work in a new "interior" space that will protect them from inclement weather and wind during restoration work.

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Courtney Whisler,
Outer Banks Lighthouse Society

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March 2010

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At a distance, the scaffolding appears to be nothing more than a web-like structure around the tower.

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On March 5, 2010, a group of Outer Banks Lighthouse Society board of directors were allowed to climb the exterior scaffolding stairs of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. The elaborate 2,000-piece scaffold allows workers access to all parts of the tower during restoration.

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This is one of 16 "acorns" that usually are attached to the support brackets under the watch gallery deck. The stub of a post that is still evident should be a solid cast-iron rod connecting the acorn to the support bracket and extend all the way to the top of the safety rail at the level above it.  Corrosion has destroyed the connecting rod while at the same time has been the only agent to hold the pieces together. Restoration will use a process to melt down these iron components, pour the molten iron into molds created from patterns of the originals, and add strengthening steel. Each piece will then be repositioned on the lighthouse.

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Here we go! Upward to the top.
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The acorn connects to the bottom of this support bracket. These support brackets must also be restored.
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This is the "new" view of the light station from the boardwalk that is adjacent to the lighthouse and continues to a viewing area to the east.
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Up close, it is an intricate system of steel  rods and sturdy joints. Walking on it proves it to be solid as a rock.

The National Park Service, Cape Hatteras Group, plans to open the lighthouse to the public around
April 2011 and co-host with the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society a homecoming for Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers' descendants.

March 2010 photos by Bruce Roberts. Text for photos by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts.