Point Retreat Light
Point Retreat Light is a lighthouse located on the Mansfield Peninsula at the northern tip of Admiralty Island in southeastern Alaska, United States. It provides aid in navigation through the Lynn Canal.
Point Retreat Light Station in 2001
|Year first constructed||1904 (first)|
|Year first lit||1923|
|Construction||reinforced concrete tower|
|Tower shape||square tower with balcony and lantern on fog signal building|
|Markings / pattern||art deco archirecture,|
white tower, black lantern
|Tower height||25 feet (7.6 m)|
|Focal height||63 feet (19 m)|
|Original lens||First order bivalve Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||300 mm lens|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 6s.|
|Managing agent||United States Coast Guard|
|Heritage||place listed on the National Register of Historic Places|
Point Retreat Light Station
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
|Nearest city||Juneau, Alaska|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||U.S. Lighthouse Service|
|MPS||Light Stations of the United States MPS|
|NRHP reference #||03000529|
|Added to NRHP||June 19, 2003|
Point Retreat was set aside as a 1,505-acre (609 ha) lighthouse reserve in 1901 by executive order of President William McKinley, but the point had to wait for its lighthouse due to inadequate funding. Point Retreat was first lit in 1904 and displayed a fixed white light. The first Point Retreat Lighthouse was a six-foot-tall hexagonal wooden tower, topped by a hexagonal lantern room. In 1917, Point Retreat was stripped of its personnel and downgraded to a minor light until 1924, when a new combination lighthouse and fog signal was built. The lantern was removed in the 1950s and a solar-powered 300 mm lens was installed on a post attached to the tower. In 1973 the light was again unmanned and downgraded to a minor light again.
- Point Retreat The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 8 June 2016
- Alaska Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 8 June 2016
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- Wagner, Henry (1937). The Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America to the Year 1800. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 385.
- David Benton (May 1, 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Point Retreat Light Station / Point Retreat Lighthouse AHRS Site No. JUN-00084". National Park Service. and accompanying photos
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Alaska" (PDF). United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Lighthouse Friends — Point Retreat Lighthouse
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Alaska". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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