Sullivan’s Island lighthouse: The Charleston Light

Sullivan’s Island lighthouse: The Charleston Light

Sullivan’s Island lighthouse: The Charleston Light

 (Kathryn Wagner)

A man and his dog walk along the beach bordering a tidal pool in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.

A few facts about the Sullivan’s island lighthouse pictured above in the background:

“Instead of having the traditional circular shape, it is three-sided, a feature meant to make it more wind resistant. The result is that it can withstand gusts up to 125 mph as demonstrated by its ability to hold up against Hurricane Hugo in 1989. It is the only lighthouse in the country to have both an elevator and siding. The light was the second brightest in the Western hemisphere with 28 million candlepower but was reduced to 1.5 million to accommodate Sullivan’s Island residents. It can still be seen 27 miles out to sea on clear nights. Originally painted white and red-orange (like that seen on Coast Guard helicopters), local residents petitioned the government to change the color to the black and white seen today.” -National Park Service

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