Protection of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

by William A. Dennis, US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has recently become threatened by shoreline erosion. Shore protection measures for the lighthouse are summarized and shoreline changes and erosion rates are reported for Cape Hatteras. Alternatives for providing long-term protection are described leading to the selection of a seawall/revetment which will encircle the lighthouse. Basis for the design and a description of the seawall/revetment plan are presented.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Sea walls | Coastal management | Shoreline | Civil engineering landmarks | Waterfront structures | Revetments | North Carolina

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