Cape San Blas Lighthouse lens removed


The lens was removed from the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, packed in airtight boxes were lowered to the ground using a pulley system. The lens and parts is property of the United States Coast Guard and will be restored.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 02:43 PM.

There is always a starting line.

Last week progress began on the Cape San Blas Lighthouse relocation project with the removal of the large lens at the top of the tower.

Professional Lampist Joe Cocking, the only certified lampist in Florida, set up a pulley system last Wednesday and successfully removed the lens by Thursday afternoon.

Special air-tight boxes were constructed for the lens.

They were fabricated with materials provided by the city and there was a slight delay in operations when another box had to be constructed at the last minute.

Cocking dismantled the lens and packed each piece of glass into the boxes, wrapping them in a copper paper to keep any moisture out.

Cocking pointed out that a major obstacle to the removal process was that the lighthouse lacked a center well. Common procedure is to lower the boxes down the middle of the interior.

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