Cape Henry (Second) Light

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Cape Henry (Second) Light

Location: on the property of the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story near Virginia Beach, VA
Body of Water: Chesapeake Bay

About Cape Henry (Second) Light

The location of the light is on the property of the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The nearest city is Virginia Beach, VA. The station was first established in 1792. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1881.

The lighthouse is a octagonal pyramidal tower.

The tower has white a focal plane height of 164 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 17 nautical miles. The tower height is 165 ft. The light has a period of 20 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Grounds Only    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 370 (U.S.)

Red from 154 to 233, covers shoals outside Cape Charles and Middle Ground inside bay. Emergency light of lower intensity will be displayed when main light is extinguished.

1s fl 2s ec
1s fl 2s ec
7s fl 7s ec

The red sector has a range of 15nm.

The upper and lower half of each face of the tower are alternately black and white.

NOTE: Sectors of colored glass are placed in the lanterns of some lights in order to produce a system of light sectors of different colors. In general, red sectors are used to mark shoals or to warn the mariner of other obstructions to navigation or of nearby land. Such lights provide approximate bearing information, since observers may note the change of color as they cross the boundary between sectors.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:45 am
Sunrise: 7:16 am
Sunset: 5:14 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:45 pm

Additional Conditions.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons
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