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Texas Towers

Post-World War II technology permitted lighthouses to be built at locations previously served by lightships. These off-shore light structures are based upon technology developed in the oil industry. Their legs are driven 170 feet into the seabed. The towers are designed to withstand 65 foot seas and 125 miles per hour winds. Seven towers have been built and all have either been removed or are scheduled for removal.


Official Coast Guard Imagery (click on thumbnail for High resolution image) Caption/Historical Information
Photo of the Chesapeake Texas Tower and the lightship it replaced Aerial view of the Chesapeake Texas Tower and the soon-to-be decommissioned Chesapeake Lightship that it replaced
Photo of the Ambrose Texas Tower from water level View of the Ambrose Texas Tower from water level

Last Modified 11/17/2014