We visited Pieter at United States Coast Guard Station Oak Island in Oak Island, North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day.
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.
It is powered by two Detroit 6V92TA diesel engines, 435 hp each.
The boat can be operated from four different locations: two from an open bridge
and two inside the enclosed bridge.
The Station also has two 25-foot Response Boat – Small (RB-S).
We then visited the lighthouse.
No, the lighthouse does not lean. The photographer is slightly off-kilter.
We went inside and climbed up the seven sets of stairs.
We went out on the catwalk and looked over the ocean, 163 feet up
and down on the Station.
and then climbed back down.
The lighthouse is open for tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The old Station is now a private residence across the street.