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Construction .. began in 1902 ... On April 3 there was an accident .. the wood pier collapsed and the three sectioned iron caisson floated down the Bay in gale force winds. The caisson was finally recovered 40 miles south off the Rappahannock River. It was repaired and placed in its correct position ... Work again continued and was going well when in February of 1904, heavy ice again destroyed the pier and most of the construction equipment.
The light is 52 feet above the water - octagon shaped with 11 foot sides. The first two stories are brick with the 3rd floor watch room is wood. It was fully automated in 1938. The interior of this light is in very poor condition. It is not open and you can't drive to it, as it's two miles off shore. The closest viewing place is 100 yards across private property.
It is near the USN Targets. A Brit. who called the CG called it "Your No Point Point, or Point Pointless or whatever it is". He wanted to know if his course was out of target range, but since he was talking to the Baltimore CG, they didn't have a clue.
In August of 2000 when we were passing the light, the Navy was using the targets. As we passed Point No Point, the wind picked up and we were 'racing' another sailboat. He had a big headsail and was really heeled over. I tried to see how far we were heeled by looking over the side to see how much of the bottom paint showed, but couldn't do it - Bob said I would fall in.
He was winning, but as we approached the targets, we called the range boat, and asked if we were OK.. The other boat dropped behind us after the radio exchange This time it was helicopters - usually we see jets, but sometimes it is even gunboats.
Later, thro binoculars, saw them put 3 men on the Point No Point lighthouse from a little boat maybe 20 feet long. The men looked like dollhouse figures on an out of scale boat - about 1/2 to 1/3rd as tall as the boat was long. There were four on the bow, and each of them would leap for the ladder and then I could see them attain the platform level.
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