From the beach its light shines
27 miles out to sea.
The triangular structure is built of steel girders to withstand 125 mph winds and is 162.5 feet tall.
Inside there is an elevator, but the light at the top must be reached by 35 feet of vertical ladder.
Can you imagine the view from those windows at the top?
Originally the lighthouse was painted in red-orange and white.
Sullivan Island residents weren't pleased with the colors at all
and it was repainted black and white.
The US Life-Saving Service was a government agency that took over from private local efforts to save lives in the storms that battered ships up and down the eastern seaboard. There are several historic buildings on Sullivan's Island from those times.
The Boathouse, 1895, contained two 20-foot rowboats which a six-man crew would take out into the surf. It was a dangerous job and there were three deaths over the years at the Sullivan's Island Station.
Crew Quarters, 1895
Hurricane shelter for lighthouse keeper and other personnel.
The US Lifesaving Stations became the US Coastguard in 1915.
This photo has nothing to do with lifesaving on the sea. It is a unique home on the beach on Sullivan's Island. We thought it look like a spaceship had landed and set up housekeeping!
PS. The Writer found an interesting article on this house. It's hurrican-proof, able to withstand winds up to 500 mph!
To see the beautiful inside and read the complete story, here is a link: