Days after its eBay auction began, the American flag at the Frying Pan Tower whose image went viral as it was being battered by Hurricane Florence winds off of the North Carolina coast has been sold – for a whopping $10,900.
The Frying Pan Tower is one of North Carolina’s most iconic landmarks during severe weather at the coast, but now it is serving as a refuge for a man in isolation. That’s the decommissioned lighthouse where media show live pictures of a storm-battered American flag during severe weather.
A former U.S. Coast Guard light station that was turned into an ocean bed and breakfast six years ago is no longer up for auction. But the auction process that he started May 3 led current owner Richard Neal, who bought the tower in 2010 for $85,000, to a decision.
50 feet deep
2 to 12 feet
His prices are robust prices: $598 per person for a three-day stay, or $1,295 if you prefer to take a helicopter to the tower rather than a boat.
Looming 136 feet above the shoals is Frying Pan Tower , built in 1964 by the U.S. Coast Guard as a light station after the nautical agency retired its lightship fleet, which had been anchored here since 1854. Life on Frying Pan is quieter than the happenings on a shore you can ‘t even see from here.
Frying Pan Tower was erected in 1964 to help ships avoid running aground the shallow waters known as the Frying Pan Shoals. The Coast Guard staffed the light station until 1979, when the beacon was automated.
If you take a look at a nautical chart, it is immediately clear that the shoals were named because their shape resembles a frying pan , with the circular portion of the pan centered around the mouth of the Cape Fear River and the long, thin handle reaching far out into the Atlantic.
It can be found in early Hotland, in the first area of steam vents. After the first two vents, a vent pointing to the right lands on a larger area of land. Down from there, a room can be found with a steam vent in the middle, and two other pads on either side.
The Frying Pan Shoals are a long, shifting area of shoals off Cape Fear in North Carolina , United States. The shoals have been a hazard to ships in the area since the beginning of European exploration of the area; the area is littered with shipwrecks.