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Cockspur Lighthouse relit after 98 years | by Bruce Tuten
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Cockspur Lighthouse relit after 98 years

After 98 years, the local Coast Guard Commander Rear Admiral David Kunkle flipped a switch at 7:23pm on Sunday, March 18, 2007 and lite the lighthouse Cockspur for the first time in 98 years.


The lite is a solar powered and is not designed to be a functioning light house as Tybee but that's not the point. It is being done to draw attention to the fact this is a historic bit of architecture that has survived hurricanes and Yankee cannon fire. It's worth saving.


This shot was taken from the SR80 (Tybee highway) side of Cockspur island out on the marsh flats with a 400mm IS lens mounted on a heavy tripod. We walked about 1000 yards out on the marsh mud and oyster shells and got as close to the water edge as we could. Waited nearly an hour knowing that the tide would high around 8 PM. It started coming in and actually surround the little high spot where we were standing. I was glade to see the lite for we didn't have much time to stay at 7:23 PM. Now we have mud shoes to clean.

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Taken on March 18, 2007