Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers

& Friends Association, Inc. 

"Our mission is to preserve the history of the Delaware Bay

 and River Lighthouses, Lightships and their Keepers."


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Bellevue Rear Range Lighthouse

Wilmington, Delaware


The Bellevue Rear Range Lighthouse was built in the Delaware river and ended up in the Christiana river without ever moving. It was erected on the north side of a jetty extending out into the Delaware Bay. The fill material from dredging operations filled both sides of the rivers causing the shorelines to change. Eventually the lighthouse found itself in the Christiana River. The Fresnel lens was probably automated in 1934. The catwalk leads out to a set of steps and once inside the tower there are 105 more steps to the lantern room.

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