Commentary: Saving a Great Wonder of American History

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Henry-Lepaute first-order Fresnel lens is the most historic lighthouse illuminating apparatus in America. It is the oldest extant lens of its size and design in the nation. It is also the most-traveled, most publicly viewed, and most-abused lighthouse artifact in the nation. Yet the lens possesses an unparalleled potential to educate […]

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The Long Ride

Too excited to sleep, we set out in the middle of the night. Our heavy, steel-frame, 10-speed bikes were overloaded—tents, sleeping bags, and too many clothes. But despite the weight, the first few miles seemed effortless. Soon, the city’s streetlights receded and, without headlights, we rode down the dusky center line of the rural road […]

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Historic Lighthouse Lens’ Odyssey Continues

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Crafted in France, admired by millions at a New York world’s fair, stolen from its lighthouse, buried during the Civil War, recaptured, returned and repaired at Paris, stolen again, and exhibited again: America’s most historic, most traveled, yet most disrespected lighthouse […]

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Mother Gives Birth During U-Boat Attack

In 1942, more than 65 German U-boats waged a withering campaign along the nation’s eastern seaboard against Allied merchant vessels and their military defenders to disrupt or entirely sever transatlantic supply lines fueling the war effort in Europe. In just half a year, 397 ships were sunk. Nearly 5,000 people, including many civilians, were burned […]

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Burnside’s Miracle Happens in Hatteras Inlet

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Last of three parts “Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” Who knows how many of General Ambrose Burnside’s more than 10,000 officers, soldiers and sailors could recite the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic 1798 poem, “The Rime of […]

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Burnside Faces Maelstrom of Hatteras Inlet

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Second of three parts “Never has any expedition in the history of the world had to pass through a severer ordeal; everything seemed to conspire against it —Nature with her storms, and human nature with her villainy.” So reported a correspondent […]

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Burnside Armada Battles Sea at Hatteras Inlet

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. First of three parts It was not Shakespeare but Pythagoras who likely first imagined the world as a stage “whereon many play their parts.” No more often am I reminded of this proverb than when I am traveling across the inlet […]

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