Five Finger Islands Light

Five Finger Islands Light

Infobox Lighthouse


caption =
location = Frederick Sound, Alaska
coordinates = coord|57|16|13|N|133|37|53|W|region:US_type:landmark
yearlit = 1935 (current tower)
yearbuilt = 1902
automated = 1984
yeardeactivated =
foundation = Concrete pier
construction = Concrete
shape = Square
height = 68 ft (81 feet above sea level)
lens = Fourth order Fresnel lens
range = 18 nm
characteristic = White art deco markings, flashing white 10s. Emergency light Fl W 6s of reduced intensity when main light is extinguished.
admiralty = G6342
ARLHS = ALK-007
USCG = 6-23280
The Five Finger Islands Light is a lighthouse located on a small island that lies between Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound in southeastern Alaska. It was the last lighthouse in Alaska to be automated on August 14, 1984.

History

In 1901, a contract of $22,500 was awarded to construct a lighthouse on the southernmost of the Five Finger Islands. Completed in 1902, it was a rectangular lighthouse with a square tower, elevated several feet above the surrounding hipped roof. Atop the tower sat a lantern room from which a fourth-order Fresnel lens produced a fixed beam of white light at a focal plane of 68 feet. The original structure burned down in December 1933. The tower was rebuilt using public works appropriations. The current structure is made of concrete, which was completed and relit in 1935. It was automated by the United States Coast Guard in 1984.

External links

* [http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007stamps/ 2007 U.S. postage stamp featuring Five Finger Islands Light]
* [http://www.uscg.mil/history/weblighthouses/LHAK.asp United States Coast Guard Lighthouses of Alaska]
* [http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=825 Lighthouse Friends — Five Finger Islands Lighthouse]
* [http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/ak.htm Lighthouse Digest — Alaska]


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