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29227. (photo) First-Order Lighthouse Lens From The Hog Island Lighthouse c.1950.

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29227. (photo) First-Order Lighthouse Lens From The Hog Island Lighthouse c.1950.

29227. (photo) First-Order Lighthouse Lens From The Hog Island Lighthouse c.1950. This first-order lens is pictured while on loan to the Mariners Museum in the 1950’s. The lens, the second largest lighthouse lens in the United States stands 10 feet tall and weighs 2,500 pounds. 368 prisms make up the reflective body of the lens. The first Hog Island Lighthouse was built in 1852 on what was the southern end of Hog Island, the northern most part of the natural barrier islands between the Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the Atlantic Ocean. By the 1920s the ocean had eroded much of the island and in the 1930’s a hurricane claimed even more of the land. The 10-foot high lens, a first order produced by the Henry-LePaute company in France, was removed from the lighthouse before the final destruction of the facility in 1948. The land the lighthouse stood on is now underwater. The southern end of the island is no higher than 12 feet now. Now only an abandoned Coast Guard station and a watchtower remain. Today the lens is preserved in a beautiful exhibit pavilion in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia. Photo is b/w, measuring 5 ½” x 9 ½”. Clean, clear, great image. (VG+). $54.