Cape Henry Lights, VA.

April 1942

“Blackout”

During early WWII,German U-boats were using the lighthouses of the east coast to navigate the American coastline as well as mark harbor locations. Slow in reacting, the U.S. ordered a mandated "blackout" in April for all of these coastal towers. But the "new" Cape Henry light would continue to serve an active role as a fire command post for two of Fort Story's huge 16" howitzers (part of the nation's coastal defense plan). The print shows the watch deck enclosed for this purpose as well as the light active, days before being extinguished for the duration of the war.

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