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Courtesy of BMC Steve Prime USCG (ret)

SAINT ELIAS LIGHT ALASKA
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Courtesy of BMC Steve Prime USCG (ret)

POINT RETREAT LIGHT ALASKA
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MIAH MAULL SHOAL LIGHT

Station was established in 1913 near the site of the late 18th century shipwreck where Nehemia Maull was drowned.
The construction consists of a concrete and cast iron caisson for the foundation with the rest cast iron with a brick lining. The height is 45 feet with a focal plane of 59 feet of a conical shape. The light was automated in 1973.
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USCG Photo

The below photos were submitted by former Coast Guardsman David Moyer and gives you a glimpse of life on the Miah Maull Shoal Light Station.
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David Moyer Photo

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David Moyer Photo

This is the main deck outside the front door taken after crawling up the ladder and through the hatch in the deck. The ladder was lowered on the lee side of the light and you had to grab it from the fantail of the 40 or 44 footer, climb through a hatch in the walkway deck. All food, supplies, equipment (even replacement generators) were brought up via block and tackle.(David Moyer)

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David Moyer Photo

This is the lens. The canvas shroud was lowered during the day to avoid possible fires from the magnified sunlight. Decks even in the lightroom were polished hardwood. (David Moyer)

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David Moyer Photo

These are the stairs to the 4th floor just below the light room. The gray pole structure ran from just below the light itself all the way down to the lower level. It was hollow and there were doors on each floor that could be opened. You see, back in the days of yore before they developed blinking lights, they turned. That tube had two chains with eights that had to be wound about twice a night. The light would actually turn slowly using the identical principle as a cookoo clock. The chain and weights were still in there but were no longer used. (David Moyer)

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David Moyer Photo

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David Moyer Photo

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David Moyer Photo

This is the main living room on the first floor with desk and radio, my only lifeline to Cape May Radio. (David Moyer)

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David Moyer Photo

The lower level emergency generator. Miah Maull was the only light on the Delaware Bay with a shore tie over to Fortesque, NJ. Meant that the generator only ran when the shore tie was out. (David Moyer)

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David Moyer Photo

The other side of the living room. (David Moyer)

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David Moyer Photo

Galley area. (David Moyer)

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David Moyer Photo

The typical sparse bedroom of the NCOIC....me. (David Moyer)
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