1991 Trip with my Brother up the East Coast to Washington, D.C.

 
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Swan Quarter National Wildlife Refuge has gracious old cedars lining the way. Ocracoke and North Carolina Highway 12 to the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry for passage to Hatteras Island and points north.
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Early morning at Capt. Arts Dive Store where in 1992 anyone could dive on the Monitor. It was discovercy in a 1973 oceanographic expedition from Duke University some 17 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. Verification of the Monitor's identity was made in 1974 and the Monitor was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. On January 30, 1975, the Monitor was designated as the first National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA has been recovering most of what was left of the Monitor since 2001.
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The Monitor is located, depending on what time of the year you dive between 170 and 200 feet. Mixed gases are requred to dive to that depth and only for very short periods. To dive the monitor NOAA divers Divers lived in a chamber for 2 wks at a time saturated with a gas mixture of 85 percent helium and 15 percent oxygen.
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the nation and famous symbol of North Carolina. It was built with 1,250,000 bricks baked in kilns along the James River in Virginia and brought in scows into Cape Creek where it was hauled by oxen one mile to the building site in Buxton. I took this picture in 1992.
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A picutre before moving. In the summer of 1999, as the ever-encroaching waters of the Atlantic Ocean threaten this stalwart structure, the Cape Hatteras Light was moved from its original location! The physical moving of the lighthouse was completed on July 9, 1999 with the last brick of the brick foundation being placed at 3:33 PM on Tuesday, September 14th.
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Located along Highway 12 south on Hatteras Island, the Cape Hatteras Light is the most recognized, photographed, painted, read about and admired lighthouse in North America and is a National Historic Landmark.
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This was taken from the dunes just beside the Hatteras Lighthouse in 1992. Long before the lighthouse was moved. The surf and storms had washed to within feet of the lighthouse.
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The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina, and one of the oldest on the Eastern coast of the United States, it was built by Noah Porter for $11,359.35 in 1823. At seventy-five feet, it is the shortest lighthouse on the North Carolina Coast and can be only be seen for 14 miles. Situated on one of Ocracoke Island's highest spots, it has survived numerous hurricanes.
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