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Rany Jennette's father, Unaka, was the last keeper of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. He was its principal keeper from 1919 to 1933, when a severe hurricane discouraged the family from staying on. Today at 77, Rany is a summer ranger at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and shares his experiences of growing up at a lighthouse station.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of the nation's most well-known sea coast sentinels. An oral history project of Shelton-Roberts's records the history of people who called the lighthouse their home during the early days of the 20th century. There are over 1,200 direct descendants of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse keepers, and their stories reveal much about life on this remote island.
Wilson native James Newcombe reminisces about his days in the lighthouse service. He served on lightships, which function the same way as lighthouses, except that they are anchored out at sea. Newcombe ended his career at the end of World War II at the Cape Lookout lighthouse.