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When the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was in danger from encroaching erosion, Mr. Bill Garret and his 'Seascape' stepped in to help. An artificial seaweed made from plastic, Seascape was built up into a reef along the shore of the lighthouse to dissipate erosion. The units of Seascape have so far been successful and an order has been made to add more offshore.
Anchored off Cape Hatteras, the Lightship No. 17 was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1918. After a succession of torpedoes the lightship was left to settle and sink, while the U-boat gave chase to tankers. The present Diamond Shoals Lightship was placed in 1920.
The National Park Service is trying to buy time for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse until a decision is made about what to do concerning erosion. A temporary measure has been to install sheet pile to resist water, but an alternative involves moving the lighthouse approximately 2400 feet back from the shoreline.