Cape Hinchinbrook Light

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Cape Hinchinbrook Light
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Cape Hinchinbrook Light is located in Alaska
Cape Hinchinbrook Light
Cape Hinchinbrook Light
Location Hinchinbrook Island, Prince William Sound, Alaska
Coordinates 60°14′15″N 146°38′48″W / 60.23750°N 146.64667°W / 60.23750; -146.64667Coordinates: 60°14′15″N 146°38′48″W / 60.23750°N 146.64667°W / 60.23750; -146.64667
Year first lit 1934
Automated 1974
Foundation Concrete and surface rock
Construction Reinforced Concrete
Tower shape octagonal
Height 67 feet (20 m) above sea level)
Original lens Third order Fresnel lens
Range 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi)
Characteristic White art deco markings, flashing white 15 s, Obscured from 134° to 135° and 138° to 283°. Emergency light, Fl W 6s, of reduced intensity if main light is extinguished.[1]
Admiralty number G6592
ARLHS number ALK-002
USCG number


Cape Hinchinbrook Light Station
Nearest city Cordova, Alaska
Area 6.9 acres (2.8 ha)
Architect Chase, D.A.; Laird, Edwin
Architectural style Art Deco, Other
Governing body Federal
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000728[2]
Added to NRHP July 29, 2005

The Cape Hinchinbrook Light is a lighthouse located near the southern end of Hinchinbrook Island adjacent to Prince William Sound, in Alaska, United States.


Cape Hinchinbrook Lightstation, 1948

The Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse was first established in 1910 to mark the entrance to Prince William Sound. Congress authorized the construction of a lighthouse at this point in 1906 appropriating $125,000 for its construction. However, the full amount was not authorized in one lump sum. The money was appropriated over a number of years with $25,000 in 1906, $50,000 in 1907 and the rest in 1908. As a result construction did not begin until 1909. In the winter of 1909 a temporary fixed white light was established on the second story of the building under construction. Due to the earthquakes in 1927 and 1928, which caused instability in the cliff around the lighthouse, it was felt a new light should be built on solid rock. The new 67-foot (20 m) octagonal tower was completed in 1934. The lighthouse was automated in 1974 and a solar-powered Vega lens was installed. The original third order Fresnel lens is on display at the Valdez Heritage Center in Valdez, Alaska.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Cape Hinchinbrook Light Station in 2005. The listing was for a historic district including two contributing buildings, three contributing structure, one contributing site, and three contributing objects.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Alaska Lighthouses". National Park Service. 2002-02-13. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ Robert M. Weaver (February 27, 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Cape Hinchinbrook Light Station / Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse (AHRS Site No. COR-095)". National Park Service.  and accompanying photos

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