Originally the Ocracoke Lighthouse was equipped with a simple reflecting illuminating apparatus. By 1854 the superiority of the Fresnel Lens was acknowledged, and such a new lens was installed.
|Ocracoke's 4th Order Fresnel Lens|
Ocracoke's light is magnified by a fourth order Fresnel Lens with a focal length of 250 mm. Although the lighthouse was originally built to guide mariners through Ocracoke Inlet and into deeper waters of Pamlico Sound, its steady beam can be seen 14 miles to sea.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a video of Philip Howard telling the story of the 1861 wreck of the Black Squall. You can watch it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032113.htm.