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Chesapeake Light Station

Location: Atlantic Ocean, 14 miles east of Cape Henry, VA near Virginia Beach, VA

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About Chesapeake Light Station


The location of the light is Atlantic Ocean, 14 miles east of Cape Henry, VA. The nearest city is Virginia Beach, VA. The station was first established in 1930. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1965.

The lighthouse is a "Texas Tower" - Square platform with tower.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 117 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 19 nautical miles. The tower height is 147 ft. The light has a period of 15 seconds.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: Private aid to navigation.

Identification number: 360 (U.S.)

The station was established in 1930 with a lightship.

Currently a blue tower on white square superstructure on four black piles, CHESAPEAKE on the sides.

0.1s fl 2.9s ec.
0.1s fl 11.9s ec.

Emergency light of lower intensity will be displayed when main light is inoperative. RACON: N ( ). HORN: 1 blast ev 10s (1s bl). Operates continuously.

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 15 second period, the light is on for less than 7.5 then off for more than 7.5.

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