Cape Sarichef Lighthouse

The most remote lighthouse of this country is that at Cape Sarichef, marking the Unimak Pass from the Pacific Ocean into Bering Sea.

Cape Sarichef History

This in the only lighthouse on the entire shoreline of Bering Sea. The keepers at this station remained on duty for three years, and then in turn are allowed a year’s leave of absence. To relieve the isolation, in 1920s radio telephones were  installed at this station and at Scotch Cap Lighthouse, 20 miles to the southward.

1950 – Coast Guard replaces lighthouse with a modern one – a short hexagonal tower placed at one end of the fog signal building.

1979 – Station automated. New light erected on a steel skeletal tower next to the lighthouse. Old light, fog horn, and radiobeacon were discontinued. Buildings demolished in 1999.

At Cape Sarichef

About Us

Lighthouses are a beacon. Properly used, they’re a beacon of hope to ward off impending danger, yet protecting from and warning of danger is exactly what they’re for.

The earliest lighthouses go back to biblical times, all with a mission to protect mariners. Navigating boats & ships safely means that aids to navigation had to be used to warn of the rocks & shoals, the sudden changes of seascape, and other hazards that prevented safe passage.

The lighthouses of Alaska, which you’ll find in this site, are testament to the challenges of marine navigation, life along the coast of Alaska, and the inherent dangers that can swell up and crush a concrete structure in moments, witness Scotch Gap. Yet for the many lives that have been lost, the lives saved because of these amazing aids to navigation can barely be quantified. We hope you enjoy our site.

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