Lighthouse Keepers Corner

Unexpected meetings


Photo courtesy of Noah Sullivan

F/V Priest Point anchors off Five Finger Island while a small crew of volunteers with the Five Finger Lighthouse Society bring ashore a resupply for the lighthouse keepers. When the lighthouse keepers are on the island, passing vessels can hail the lighthouse by VHF and potentially drop visitors off for a guided tour of the rugged little island deep in Frederick Sound. Earlier this year the online travel magazine declared Five Finger Lighthouse one of the top twenty most beautiful lighthouses in America.

Unexpected meetings - After a week of grey rain the sun danced on the water today. It seemed the perfect day for a boat ride. The sea was glassy and still, disturbed by neither wind nor wave. Only ripples of light played across its mirror surface. So we got an early start on projects so as to finish by mid day's high tide. The tide must be high for us to use the crane to lower the boat down the cliff into water below. A guest at the Lighthouse had been reading "Trouble on Blue Fox Island", a book about life in the 1930's on a fox farm on Akusha, our island neighbor. That set the stage for...

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