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Date Established: 1907
Height of Tower: 26 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 472 ft.
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Open to Public?: No
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DescriptionThe lighthouse on Isla Guafo was built by the Chilean signaling service in 1907. The island sits at the mouth of the entrance to Golfo Corcovado on the northwest tip of the island high above the water. The light station there is manned by rotating crews of four. The lighthouse is white with a horizontal red band for its daymark. The light is now displayed from a 26' open steel tower that stands adjacent to the lighthouse which is attached to the crew quarters. The site is accessible only by boat and is not open to visitors.
We left Puerto Montt in the late afternoon and sailed back down the length of Golfo Ancud and Golfo Corcovado before turning west and back out into the open Pacific. It was about 2300 hrs when we sailed by Isla Guafo and all I ever got to see was the distant white flash of the light.