Repairs carried out to stabilize South Carolina lighthouse

January 15, 2013 by  

The Morris Island Light located in Charleston Harbor near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina recently underwent significant repairs to save it from falling into the sea. Flyer printing and poster printing are most likely being used by ‘Save the Light’, a volunteer group, to make those in the area aware of the danger in which the lighthouse finds itself, so that donations can be made to aid in the restoration efforts.

Over the past 10 years, $5m has been spent as efforts were made to stabilize the base of the lighthouse. This involved repairing the rotting foundation and putting a cofferdam around the base. The lighthouse is considered to be as significant to Charleston as are the carriages that travel in the quiet gardens of the Historic District.

The next step in the process is painting, repairing the light room at the top, and repairing the 203 stairs that go to the top. In addition to an oyster roast that was held on Sunday, January 6, people can donate $5,000 to specifically repair one of the cast-iron stairs. A platform outside the lighthouse will display the names of the donors.

According to Al Hitchcock, a member of the board of Save the Light, the repair process has been slow as the lighthouse is 136 years old and has been without maintenance for 50 years. Save the Light has owned the lighthouse for only 13 years, so there is a great deal of catching up to do.