Saturday, June 23, 2012

Life On Frying Pan Shoals

Off the coast of North Carolina in the Wilmington/Southport area.

FRYING PAN TOWER More rust than rustic.

That’s how Richard Neal wryly refers to his 48-year-old light tower that stands in the Atlantic Ocean 30 miles off the southeastern North Carolina coast.

Rust is what visitors first see when they enter the 140-foot-high Frying Pan Tower. Plus corrosion. Peeling paint. Missing ceiling tiles. The tower has been deteriorating in the wind-and-wave-swept environment since Coast Guard crews left 33 years ago.

That is, until 2010. Neal bought the tower at auction, sight unseen except for a flyover, for $85,000.

If I'd won the lottery I'd be doing that, or something similar. Be sure to click the link to view the slideshow.

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