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Harbor of Refuge Breakwater Light

Location: Lewes Harbor Breakwater near Lewes, DE

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

About Harbor of Refuge Breakwater Light


The location of the light is Lewes Harbor Breakwater. The nearest city is Lewes, DE. The station was first established in 1896. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1926.

The lighthouse is a cast iron conical "Spark Plug" style tower.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 72 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 19 nautical miles. The tower height is 76 ft. The light has a period of 10 seconds.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 2-1530 (U.S.)
Identification number: J1280 (International)

Originally there was a temporary light on the site. The first lighthouse was completed in 1908. A series of storms from 1918 through the early 1920s eventually rendered the lighthouse inhabitable and it was dismantled by the United States Lighthouse Service in 1925.

The current light was completed in November 1926. The light was automated in 1973. The United States of America donated the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse to the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation for public use through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. November 30, 2004. Today the tower operates with a Vega VRB-25 operated by solar power.

It also has two red sectors which can be seen for 16 miles (26 km) and warn of nearby shoals. Red from 325 to 351, covers Hen and Chicken Shoal, and 127 to 175 covers Brown Shoals. Range of the red sectors is 16nm.

As a backup, there is a 250mm lantern operated by solar power, though its visibility is only 9 miles (14 km). The fog signal is an FA/232 and also operated by solar power, emitting 2 blasts ev 30s (2s bl-2s si-2s bl-24s si);

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 10 second period, the light is on for less than 5 then off for more than 5.

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: 5:43 am
Sunrise: 7:17 am
Sunset: 5:05 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:39 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories 

Additional Conditions.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons
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