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LA 13 Ship Shoal

After winding its way south through America’s heartland, the Mississippi River separates into many channels before reaching the Gulf of Mexico. Today, the primary shipping channel is Southwest Pass. Marking the entrance to this pass is the most modern major light on the gulf, which consists of a six-sided, two-story building, with a smaller but similarly shaped tower projecting upward from its center. This superstructure, along with a boat dock and a helicopter landing pad, rests on a lattice of concrete pilings anchored in the floor of the gulf.

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