Chris J LeBlanc Photography - Lighthouses
Providing details and historical information of lighthouse pictures taken during my travels
Patos Island Lighthouse
Patos Island, Washington
© 2012 - Chris J LeBlanc Photographer
Location: Located on the northwest end of Patos Island. The island is 18 miles north of San Juan Island's Friday Harbor.
Latitude: N 48.78903
Longitude: W 122.97111
Year Constructed: 1908 (station established 1893). Active
Tower Height: 35 feet Focal Plane: 52 feet
Square cylindrical wood tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story wood fog signal buildings. Lighthouse painted white, lantern and trim gray, roofs red.
- Location: PUGET SOUND/STRAITS OF GEORGIA
- Station Established: 1893
- Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1908
- Foundation Materials: WOOD
- Construction Materials: WEATHERBOARD
- Tower Shape: SQUARE ON FOG SIGNAL BLDG.
- Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/GREEN TRIM & RED ROOF
- Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL 1908
The original light station was a post light and third class Daboll trumpet fog signal. Beginning operation on November 30, 1893, the light was used as a navigational aid to steamships traveling from Nanaimo, British Columbia to Alaska through the Boundary Pass waterway adjacent to the island.
The lighthouse was improved in 1908 with a new fog signal and a 38-foot tower, which housed a fourth-order Fresnel lens. Other structures that were once present on the island included two dwellings, cisterns, and a boat ramp. The light was automated in 1974. Today, it flashes a white light once every six seconds, with two red sectors marking dangerous shoals.
The lighthouse is now part of Patos Island State Park. The fourth-order Fresnel lens, which was also used at Alki Point Lighthouse, is on display at Admiralty Head Lighthouse in Washington.
Patos Island Lighthouse Links
Patos Island Lighthouse April 1944
Photo from Library of Congress