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Tennessee Reef (Long Key)

Tennessee Reef (Long Key)



Tennessee Reef is marked with a lighthouse that stands 49' tall. The depth of the water ranges from 15' to 25'.
There are no mooring buoys to tie your boat to so be careful when you anchor. You?ll want to place the anchor in a sandy area. There are yellow buoys that mark off a
Special Use Area. This area is for research only, no person may enter this area unless they are specifically authorized and have a valid permit.
This reef is located three miles due south of the Long Key
State Park. The GPS Coordinates are 24'45.000N and 080'47.000W.
The lighthouse is located on the southwest corner of the reef. This lighthouse was one of the two built in 1933. It was constructed using the standard wrought iron structure developed in 1932. It was then painted black. It sits in fifteen feet of water. This is the only unmanned lighthouse in the Florida Keys that still has a lantern and it has a Fresnel lens. It?s still in operation today.
An identical reef light was built in 1933 at Smith Shoal. Two other identical reef lights were built in 1935. They were Cosgrove Shoal light and Puleski Shoal

Several ships sank on this reef.

The area between Tennessee Reef and Alligator Reef is the longest span of sandy ocean floor in the Florida Keys Reef System. This causes the shoreline on Long Key to have sand dunes and beautiful white sandy beaches.

Tennessee Reef est marquée d'un phare qui se trouve 14,7 m de hauteur. La profondeur de l'eau varie de 4,5 à 7,5 m.
Il n'y a pas de bouées d'amarrage pour attacher votre bateau, donc soyez prudents lorsque vous jetez l'ancre. Placez l'ancre dans une zone de sable. Il y a des bouées jaunes qui délimitent une zone spéciale d'utilisation. Cette zone est réservée à la recherche uniquement, aucune personne ne doit entrer dans cette zone, à moins qu'elle ne soit expressément autorisée et elle doit alors avoir un permis valide.
Ce récif est situé à trois miles au sud de Parc Long State Key. Les coordonnées GPS sont 24'45 ,000 N et 080'47 ,000 W.
Le phare est situé sur le coin SW du récif. Ce phare a été l'un des deux construit en 1933. Il a été construit en utilisant la structure en fer forgé développés en 1932. Il a ensuite été peints en noir. Il siège à  4,5 m au dessus de l'eau. C'est le seul phare sans pilote dans les Keys de Floride, qui a encore une lanterne, et il a une lentille de Fresnel. Il est toujours en opération aujourd'hui.
Une lumière des récifs identique a été construit en 1933 au Smith Shoal. Deux autres feux de récifs identiques ont été construits en 1935 (Cosgrove lumière Shoal et Puleski Shoal Light).
Plusieurs bateaux ont coulé sur ce récif.
La zone entre le Tennessee et
Alligator Reef  est la plus longue travée de sable du fond de l'océan  dans les Florida Keys Reef. Cela explique la berge, sur la longue pièce, avec des dunes de sable et de belles plages de sable blanc.
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