Gulf Islands National Seashore
Contact Address Information:
1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
On the evening of August 17, 1969 Hurricane Camille smashed into Ship Island and cracked part of the foundation and tore 12 feet of siding off the structure. In 1972, careless people accomplished what years of storms and neglect were unable to do. On the evening of June 27th the Ship Island Lighthouse was destroyed by an out-of-control camp fire started by unknown persons and another American Lighthouse, along with an important part of our nation’s heritage, was reduced to a heap of ashes. A replica of the Ship Island Lighthouse was built at the site, but it was destroyed on August 29, 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.
Tower Height: 70
Height of Focal Plane: 72
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds (replica); White flash every 6 seconds (skeleton tower).
Description of Tower: White, square pyramidal tower. (Active steel skeleton tower nearby)
This light is operational
1853: 45-foot brick tower, 1886: Square pyramidal wooden tower.
Date Established: 1853
Date Present Tower Built: 2000
Date Deactivated: 1971-2000
Optics: 1856: Fourth order Fresnel lens, now on display at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi.
Current Use: Historic replica, active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Yes.
West Ship Island is about 12 miles offshore and can only be reached by boat. Ship Island Excursions runs a ferry to the island from Gulfport in season.
Keepers: Edward Havens (1853-1855, died in service), Mary Havens (1855-1858).