The Lightkeeper's House

The Lightkeeper's House (HMAJ8)

Location: Richmond, VA 23231
Country: United States of America

N 37° 22.584', W 77° 21.6'

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The lights of Dutch Gap

The foundation is all that remains of the lightkeeper's house. The lightkeeper had to live on site to maintain the gas-powered lights which were once located on the bluff. Lights were constructed after the first Dutch Gap channel was completed in 1872 because of the narrow, winding river channel which was treacherous for navigation especially at night and in foul weather.

Today ocean-going ships serving the Port of Richmond carry over 500,000 tons of cargo yearly to northern Europe, the Caribbean and Canada. In addition, ships and barges transport oil, sand, gravel and construction materials from private wharves on the James.

This high level of commerce on the James and the fact that large vessels can completely fill the channel necessitates recreational vessels to be conscious of safety and take precautions to stay safe distances from large ships.
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HM NumberHMAJ8
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Placed ByChesapeake Bay Gateways Network
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:15am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291040 N 4139242
Decimal Degrees37.37640000, -77.36000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.584', W 77° 21.6'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 35.04" N, 77° 21' 36.00" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111 Henricus Park Rd, Richmond VA 23231, US
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