Mississippi River Lighthouses of New Orleans, Louisiana

Thanks to Capt. Peter Mosselberger for these photos of two lights on the Mississippi River in New Orleans. The two lights are at opposite ends of the Algiers Bend, a right-angle bend of the river just below the French Quarter. The Governor Nicholls Light is on the downstream end of the bend close to the French Quarter, and the Gretna Light is on the upstream end in Gretna, opposite New Orleans. Both light stations include traffic control rooms where Coast Guard staff can monitor and direct ship traffic around the dangerous bend.

Governor Nicholls Light
Governor Nicholls Light (left) and Traffic Control Room
Gretna Light
Gretna Light and Traffic Control Room

Photos copyright Capt. Peter Mosselberger; used by permission

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Posted June 11, 2008. Checked and revised August 27, 2017. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.