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Saint George Reef Lighthouse

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P.O. BOX 577
Cresent City, California United States
41° 50' 11.04'', -124° 22' 26.4''
Crescent City
Saint George Reef Lighthouse
Saint George Reef Lighthouse
Saint George Reef Lighthouse
Saint George Reef Lighthouse
Saint George Reef Lighthouse
Saint George Reef Lighthouse
Saint George Reef Lighthouse
Rain in the afternoon and evening.
49℉NNE at 5 knots
High02:55AM5.259ft
Low07:37AM3.557ft
High01:12PM6.318ft
Low08:32PM-0.295ft
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About


Saint George Reef Lighthouse

St. George Reef Light marks a hazardous line of rock outcrops that extend northwest from Crescent City to form Saint George Reef. The light was abandoned in 1975 and replaced with a navigational buoy to the west of its current location.

History:

In 1865, the side-wheeler Brother Jonathan was lost at the reef with loss of 215 lives, making the case for a lighthouse to be built. The lighthouse, with its remote island location, is the most costly U.S. lighthouse ever built (the 1892 cost was $700,000, which today adjusts for inflation right at about $14 million).

The lighthouse was deemed too costly and was abandoned in 1975. A buoy now serves to mark Saint Georges reef just west of the island.

Navigating in and Around the Lighthouse:

Use NOAA Chart 18603.

Characteristics: The light was abandoned in 1975, and flashing red whistle buoy “2SG” currently serves to mark the outer edge of Saint George Reef.

Local Notices to Mariners:

Local Notices to Mariners are available online from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tour Schedule:

The lighthouse stands well offshore and is not easily accessible or viewable by the general public.


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