Burrows Island Light
Burrows Island Light (USCG)
|Location||Burrows Island, Washington|
|Year first constructed||1906|
|Year first lit||1906|
|Tower shape||White square tower on fog signal building|
|Height||34 feet (10 m) (57 feet (17 m) above sea level)|
|Original lens||Fourth-order Fresnel lens (removed)|
|Range||9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)|
|Characteristic||Flashing white light every 6 s. Emergency light Iso W 6 s, operates at reduced intensity. Horn: 2 blasts ev 30s (2s bl-2s si-2s bl-24s si).|
In 1905, prompted by the loss of several vessels to nearby Dennis Shoal and Lawson Reef, the Lighthouse Board selected the westernmost tip of Burrows Island, near Anacortes, Washington, as the site for a new light station. The island covering more than 400 acres (160 ha) stands just off Fidalgo Island, and presents a rugged aspect to sailors. The Burrows Island Light, faces Rosario Strait and was first lit April 1, 1906. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published a small photograph and enthusiastic article on May 2, 1906. “The fog signal station is a model plant and contains all the latest improvements. A fourteen foot trumpet is used to sound the warnings instead of a bell, and the contrivance is operated by the power of two powerful gasoline engines.”
Captain James Hermann and his assistant Edward Pfaff were the first keepers at the station, which consisted of four buildings: the lighthouse itself, a boathouse and shop, a small coal and oil building and the massive duplex which dominates the station.
The wood-framed lighthouse stands nears the island's shoreline, which mainly consists of sharp and rocky drop-offs that demanded a derrick be constructed for loading the station boat and bringing in supplies. Automated in 1972, the Fresnel lens was replaced with modern optics and a helicopter landing pad located where the lighthouse keeper's home formerly stood.
In 2011, the Northwest Schooner Society began a long-term restoration project of the property and its weather-damaged and vandal-ravaged buildings.
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- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Washington". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.