Sullivan’s Island lighthouse transferred


The Coast Guard has turned over the keys of the last government lighthouse built in the United States.

Charleston Light on Sullivan’s Island was transferred to the National Park Service in ceremonies on Sunday.

The light, obsolete because of satellite technology, was commissioned in 1962. Its land and adjoining buildings were transferred to the Park Service two decades ago, and the agency plans to keep the light shining.

When built, Charleston Light was the second brightest lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere and could be seen 70 miles at sea. But island residents complained, so the light was replaced by one that could be seen only 26 miles at sea.

The Associated Press