Isolated Duty

Leaving Glacier Bay.  Cape Spencer Lighthouse, Alaska, is a primary fog signal light and radio-beacon station, marking the northerly entrance from the Pacific Ocean into the inside passages of southeastern Alaska.  It is much frequented by vessels seeking to avoid the often stormy outside passage.  Cape Spencer is one of the most isolated of Alaskan lighthouses, where the keepers must go 20 miles for their mail, and where the nearest town of any size is 150 miles away.  The station was commissioned in 1925, and the radio beacon was the first one in Alaska, established in 1926; it’s high-powered range covers over 200 miles at sea.


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