Marrowstone Point Light

The Marrowstone Point Light is an active navigational aid overlooking Admiralty Inlet at the northern tip of Marrowstone Island, Jefferson County, Washington, in the United States.[2] It lies adjacent to but is not part of Fort Flagler State Park;[3] it may be viewed from the park's beach but is not open to the public.[4]

Marrowstone Point Light
LocationFort Flagler, Washington
Coordinates48°06′06″N 122°41′16″W / 48.1018°N 122.6879°W / 48.1018; -122.6879[1]
Constructed1888 Edit this on Wikidata
Height28 feet
First lit1912
Focal height8.5 m (28 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Range7 nmi (13 km; 8.1 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicWhite light occulting every 4 s



The Marrowstone Point Lighthouse is on Marrowstone Point, which is located at the northern tip of Marrowstone Island and forms the eastern entrance to Port Townsend Bay. The point was first marked by a lens lantern on a pole in 1888.[5] A fog bell was added to the station in 1896, and a one-and-a-half-story dwelling was constructed on the point to house Marrowstone Point's first station keeper, Osmond Hale Morgan (1826–1907), a sea captain, who came from Whidbey Island with his wife, Frances Elizabeth (Avery) Morgan (1833–1899), and five children.[4] In 1912, the light was placed on a small, concrete structure.

After mariners complained that the fog bell at the point was often inaudible, a small, square cement building outfitted with three large trumpets was put into service in 1918. The light was also mounted on top of the fog signal building.[4]

The grounds are now the site of the U.S. Geological Survey's Marrowstone Marine Field Station, with the original keeper's quarters used for office and living space.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Marrowstone Point Lighthouse". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ "Marrowstone Point Light". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Washington Lighthouses. National Park Service. Archived from the original on April 17, 2004. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Fort Flagler State Park Map". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Archived from the original on May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Marrowstone Point, WA". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Marrowstone Marine Field Station". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Rowlett, Russ (October 19, 2014). "Lighthouses of the United States: Washington". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Marrowstone Point Light". Lighthouse Digest. Lighthouse Explorer. Foghorn Publishing. Retrieved May 5, 2015.