Lou Ann had never heard that the Ocracoke beacon was once a revolving light. Nor had I.
A few minutes on the Internet yielded this information from "Bulletins and Other State Intelligence for the Year 1854" published in the London Gazette in 1855:
"At the same time [December, 1853] the present revolving light at Ocracoke, about 23 1/2 nautical miles to the southward and westward of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, will be changed to a --
Fixed White Light,with a focal plane 75 feet above the level of the sea....
By order of the Lighthouse Board,
THORTON A. JENKINS, Secretary
Office Lighthouse Board,
December 1, 1853"
As they say, you can learn something new every day.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082113.htm.