Image Number

  • c018411


  • 19--

Series Title


    Biography Note

  • The original 1823 lightship Aurora Borealis served as little more than a harbor light and was replaced in 1825 by a 40-foot tower on a 40-foot bluff with a revolving Argand lamp with parabolic reflectors. A new 171-foot tower with a first-order Henry Lepaute lens was activated in 1859. The lens was damaged by retreating Confederate troops, although the lamp was relighted in 1863 with a fourth-order lens that was replaced with a first-order lens in 1869. The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886 rocked the tower, stopping the pendulum clocks that rotated the lens. Today the light on the black-and-white Pensacola tower is visible 27 miles at sea.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 5 x 4 in.

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Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 37405.

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Chicago Manual of Style

Barron, Charles. [Untitled]. 19--. Black & white photoprint, 5 x 4 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/56824>, accessed 25 June 2019.


Barron, Charles. [Untitled]. 19--. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 25 Jun. 2019.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/56824>.

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(State Archives of Florida/Barron)