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required 20 second intervals and signal Oscar to strike the bell. The Points Northeast Historical Society offers renters a chance to stay in the keeper’s cottage and experience lighthouse life. Jeff Gales, U.S. Lighthouse Society executive director says, “The rehabilitation of the keeper’s quarters at the Browns Point Light Station is one of the finest examples of a restored historic keeper’s dwelling.” Point Robinson Fog net. Point Robinson’s location on Maury Island marks a sandy shoal extending into Puget Sound in an area referred to as the “fog net”. The Wilkes Expedition in 1841 originally named the area in honor of crewmember John Robinson. Point Robinson began as a fog signal in 1885, a lens lantern was added in 1887, and a wooden tower was built in 1894. In 1897 the keeper noted that the fog whistle blew a total of 528 hours and that he shoveled 35 tons of coal into the boiler. Recognizing the difficulty, an assistant keeper was assigned in 1903. The current lighthouse was constructed in 1915. 26

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Point Robinson has two quarters available for rental. Alki Point Alki Point has a tale of theft in its history. Located at the southern entrance of Seattle’s Elliot Bay, Alki Point was the spot where the first white settlers arrived in 1851. In 1868, the point’s owner, Hans Hanson, hung a lantern as a private navigational aid. An official lens lantern was placed on the site in 1887 and Hanson was paid $15 a month to tend the light. In 1913 a more permanent light and structures were built at Alki Point and Hanson’s lamp was put on display in the fog signal building. The Hanson lamp was stolen in 1970. It reappeared when a woman inquired at an antique dealer about a lamp purchased by her late husband, and returned it after finding it had been stolen. The lamp hadn’t been polished since the theft, so the original thief ’s fingerprints were still on the lamp, leading to his arrest. The lamp now resides in Seattle’s Coast Guard Museum. Alki Point is the site of the Coast Guard Admiral’s quarters. The

HARBORS Fall/Winter 2013  

The Seaplane and Boating Destination Magazine

HARBORS Fall/Winter 2013  

The Seaplane and Boating Destination Magazine

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