Station Oak Island – North Carolina

We visited Pieter at United States Coast Guard Station Oak Island in Oak Island, North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day.

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The station is manned by 44 Coast Guardsmen with two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats (MLB).  The 47′ MLB is self-righting, carries a crew of four and has the potential to carry an additional 30 passengers.

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It is powered by two Detroit 6V92TA diesel engines, 435 hp each.

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The boat can be operated from four different locations: two from an open bridge

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and two inside the enclosed bridge.

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The Station also has two 25-foot Response Boat – Small (RB-S).

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We then visited the lighthouse.

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No, the lighthouse does not lean.  The photographer is slightly off-kilter.

We went inside and climbed up the seven sets of stairs.

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We went out on the catwalk and looked over the ocean, 163 feet up

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and down on the Station.

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and then climbed back down.

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The lighthouse is open for tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The old Station is now a private residence across the street.

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