Sentinel Island Light

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Sentinel Island Light
Sentinel Island Light Station 27.JPG
Sentinel Island Light
Sentinel Island Light is located in Alaska
Sentinel Island Light
Location Lynn Canal, Juneau City and Borough, Alaska, United States
Coordinates 58°32′46.5″N 134°55′23.6″W / 58.546250°N 134.923222°W / 58.546250; -134.923222
Year first constructed 1902 (first)
Year first lit 1935 (current)
Automated 1966
Foundation concrete
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape square tower with lantern
Markings / pattern art deco architecture,
white tower, red lantern
Height 51 feet (16 m)
Focal height 86 feet (26 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Light source solar power
Range 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 10s.
pbscured from 152° to 296°
Admiralty number G6538
ARLHS number ALK-011
USCG number 6-23850
Managing agent

Gastineau Channel Historical Society[1] [2] [3]

Sentinel Island Light Station
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Nearest city Juneau, Alaska
Coordinates 58°32′47″N 134°55′24″W / 58.54639°N 134.92333°W / 58.54639; -134.92333Coordinates: 58°32′47″N 134°55′24″W / 58.54639°N 134.92333°W / 58.54639; -134.92333
Area 6.6 acres (2.7 ha)
Built 1902 (1902)
Architectural style Modern Movement, Art Deco, et al.
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP reference # 02001407[4]
AHRS # JUN-00085
Added to NRHP December 2, 2002
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

The Sentinel Island Light is a lighthouse in Alaska adjacent to Lynn Canal.


Sentinel Island Light is located at the northern entrance to the Favorite Channel, between the mainland and Lincoln and Shelter Islands. It was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 2002.


On August 5, 1910, the steamship Princess May grounded on rocks just north of Sentinel Island. Although the ship was successfully taken off the rocks on September 5, 1910, photographic images showing the ship pointing in the air at low tide became famous.[5]

The 1930s lighthouse, replacing an earlier wooden structure, was built for $35,310.[6] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[4] Other than the lighthouse, the district included four other contributing buildings, four contributing structures, and two contributing sites.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sentined island The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 8 June 2016
  2. ^ Alaska Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 8 June 2016
  3. ^ Scotch Cape Light Lighthouse Explorer. Retrieved 8 June 2016
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ Turner, Pacific Princesses, at pages 109 to 112.
  6. ^ a b Gary H. Gillette and Kebby Kelley (November 15, 1998). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Sentinel Island Light Station / Sentinel Island Lighthouse / AHRS Site No. JUN-00085". National Park Service. and accompanying five photos


  • Turner, Robert D., Pacific Princesses -- An Illustrated History of Canadian Pacific Railway's Princess Fleet on the Northwest Coast, Sono Nis Press, Victoria, BC (1977) ISBN 0-919462-04-9

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