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She was designed as a Bicentennial project, bearing a brand of authenticity in its fifteen stars and stripes flag. However, this sailing vessel still may have been a point of pride, since clipper ships had played an important role in America the past two centuries, notably during the war of 1812.
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.