The original lighthouse
on Ship Island was a round masonry structure built in 1853. It
resembled Round Island MS Lighthouse.
It was damaged in the Civil
War and by 1886 declared unsafe.
second lighthouse on Ship Island was built in 1886. It
was a wooden structure built on a foundation. The photo below
is a hand colored photo lent to us by the Rev. C.H. Stone Jr., who's
father was one of the keepers of the Ship Island Lighthouse. His
brother was in a small boat in the photo.
The lighthouse was damaged by a hurricane in 1947 and again by
Hurricane Camille. In 1972 it was burned down by careless
campers. photo courtesy C.H. Stone Jr.
our photos, Aug. 2000
Note in the distance you can see a nearly perfect old fort:
Fort Massachusetts, which is open to the public.
Ship Island Excursions
goes out to Ship Island every day in the summer and trips in the
Spring and Fall. Call 1-800-388-3290 for information if you
wish to go out there.
Ship Island Lighthouse