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Sentinel Island Light
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Date Established: 1902
Date Present Tower Built: 1935
Date Automated: 1966
Height of Tower: 51 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 86 ft.
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Open to Public?: Yes, by appointment only
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DescriptionSentinel Island Light, along with Five Finger Islands Light, is credited with being one of the first two lights in Alaska. The first light was witness to several shipwrecks, including that of the S.S. Princess Sophia, in which nearly 350 people died and the sole survivor was an English Setter. In 1935, the original wooden light was removed and was replaced by an Art Deco tower, as was popular to do in the 1930's. The original keepers quarters were left.
The light is now a functioning hotel. If you are interested in an overnight stay, please contact the Gastineau Channel Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like most Alaskan lights, Sentinel Island Light is only accesible by boat or float plane. Visit Auke Bay Landing Craft and Excavation for a charter trip: aukebaylandingcraft.com
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||Date posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006