~ preservation 2007 - 2008 ~

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2007 - 2008

Save The Light, Inc. begins the Morris Island Lighthouse preservation Phase I with the help of the Army Corps of Enginners.

This page has some conceptualizations for Phase I of the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Place your cursor over the images on the left to see larger versions. Plans were provided by the Hayward-Baker Company.

Changes to the original Phase I plans needed to be made before the actual construction. For photos of the Phase I preservation construction, see the photo gallery below.

The base of the lighthouse will be surrounded by a cofferdam composed of circular sheet piles. This drawing is view looking down from above the lighthouse.

This drawing is a view across the base of the lighthouse and the cofferdam. The section is through the line marked A-A in the drawing above.

Grout will be injected beneath the lighthouse to stabilize the foundation. The view is looking down from above into the lighthouse's foundation.

This drawing shows section B-B through the drawing above. The view is looking across the base of the lighthouse.

Phase I - In May, 2007, work began on the first phase of the lighthouse stabilization. The contractor, Taylor Brothers Marine Construction, from Beaufort, NC, drove the sheet piles that formed a cofferdam around the base of the lighthouse. The contractor worked all through the fall and winter to complete the work. His jack-up-barge can be seen from a great distance while it sits next to the lighthouse to drive the piles. All types of monitoring devices were installed inside and outside the lighthouse to help monitor the conditions as the piles were vibrated down into the sand. A local company, WPC, provided this part of the monitoring for the contractor. The devices monitored cracks for potential growth, possible lean and general vibration during the daily work. All of the windows in the lighthouse have no glass and the birds love to stay inside and even raise their young if not disturbed. The Phase I effort was completed in March of 2008, with a cost just over $3 million.
Aerial photos were taken by Mr. Larry Workman.

Click on photos to enlarge.

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