Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lighthouse of the Week, May 15-21, 2016: Sentinel Island, Alaska

I realized after featuring a British Columbia lighthouse that I hadn't ever checked to see what Alaska has for lighthouses.  It has a few.  Many of them are near Juneau, just up the Pacific Coast from British Columbia.

It didn't take too long for me to decide Sentinel Island was worth featuring this week.  Sentinel is newly restored, and it also is in a great location.  It does seem like many Pacific Coast lighthouses of North America have great locations, so Sentinel Island is in good company.

Here's some more info about it:  Sentinel Island, AK (includes map)

"During the 1930s, many of the original wooden lighthouses built in Alaska were replaced with stout concrete towers built in an Art Deco style. Such a structure was constructed on Sentinel Island between 1933 and 1935. When the new lighthouse neared completion, a wooden trestle was built between it and the old lighthouse, enabling the lantern room to be slid into place atop the new tower. The replacement lighthouse consisted of an eleven-foot-square tower that rose to a height of just over fifty feet from the eastern face of a two-story fog signal building, measuring twenty-eight by thirty-four feet. Pilasters, placed at the corners of the tower and fog building, project a few feet about the roofline and give the otherwise plain lighthouse a distinct flair. Another ornamentation found on the tower was a crest exhibiting an eagle, a sailing ship, and a lighthouse."
So here's three pictures of the new tower of Sentinel Island.

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