Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Downtown Juneau in Juneau Borough, Alaska — Northwest (North America)
 

Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap

 
 
Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
1. Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap Marker
Inscription.  Scotch Cap and Cape Sarichef lighthouses mark the north and south entrances to Unimak Pass in the Aleutian Islands. Both sites were declared to be too isolated for family life.

Scotch Cap was the first light on Alaska's outside coast and is the most southerly in the state. Of three major shipwrecks there, one left keepers hosting 194 stranded crewmen for two weeks. In the mid-1930s, the original wood frame lighthouse was replaced with a concrete building.

Cape Sarichef, is the most westerly lighthouse in North America. One winter, a Cape Sarichef keeper walked all the way around the island, 263 miles, to meet a schoolteacher at the False Pass Cannery.

On April 1, 1946, the Scotch Cap lighthouse was destroyed by a tsunami that killed all five keepers. The lighthouse was rebuilt, on a cliff above the original site. The Cape Saríchef lighthouse also was moved higher.

The tsunami destroyed Scotch Cap's original, third order lens. The one from Cape Sarichef, was lost in a warehouse fire. The Coast Guard manages both lighthouse sites.

At-a-glance box
Cape Sarichef

• Location: Aleutian
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
Islands, 76 miles north of Dutch Harbor
• First lighted: July 1, 1904
• Original Optics: third order Fresnel lens
• Automated: 1979

Scotch Cap
• Location: Aleutian Islands, 70 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor
• First lighted: July 18, 1903
• Original Optics: third order Fresnel lens
• Automated: 1971

Captions
(Left) Top, Cape Sarichef's original lighthouse. Below, Keeper Ed Moore gives a haircut to Assistant Keeper Ted Peterson. (US Coast Guard Photos)
(Right, top) Original Scotch Cap Lighthouse. (US Coast Guard Photo)
(Right, bottom) No trees grow on Unimak Island, so this Christmas tree was delivered by steamer to keepers Oscar Lindberg and Barney Loken. (US Coast Guard Photo)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsDisastersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 18, 1903.
 
Location. 58° 17.909′ N, 134° 24.319′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. It is in Downtown Juneau. Marker can be reached from Marine Way. Marker is on the Juneau Harbor boardwalk, south of Marine Park and across from the cruise ship berths. Touch for map
Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
2. Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 252 Marine Way, Juneau AK 99801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eldred Rock (here, next to this marker); Cape Hinchinbrook (here, next to this marker); Lincoln Rock, Fairway Island & Point Sherman (here, next to this marker); Cape Saint Elias (here, next to this marker); Point Retreat (here, next to this marker); Cape Spencer (here, next to this marker); Guard Islands (here, next to this marker); Tree Point (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cape Sarichef, AK. Detailed timeline by lighthousefriends.com of the lighthouse's construction, history and keepers. (Submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. Scotch Cap, AK. Comprehensive timeline of the lighthouse's history, including an eyewitness account of the scene in the 1946 tsunami's aftermath, by Lighthousefriends.com. (Submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

3. The demise of Scotch Cap lighthouse. By Ned Rozell of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute. Posted January 15, 2015. (Submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Cape Sarichef Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
United States Coast Guard
3. Cape Sarichef Lighthouse
Scotch Cap Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
United States Coast Guard
4. Scotch Cap Lighthouse
This concrete structure was built in the mid-1930s to replace a wooden lighthouse. An estimated 100-foot tall tsunami destroyed it, killing all five keepers, in 1946.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=181636

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to Amazon.com. We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
May. 18, 2024