Harbor Defenses of Sitka, Alaska

 

 

LOCATION : Kayak Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos from 18 June 2004

 

 

 

 

Kayak Island as viewed from the West

 

Kayak Island from the south.  The B2S2 station is clearly visible.  The shelter for Searchlight 13 is just visible in the shadows.  See captioned image below:

 

 

 

 

 

The B2S2 station

 

Kayak Island from the south, with captions

 

 

 

 

 

The B2S2 station

 

The B2S2 station from the roof of the double DEC for Searchlights 13 & 14

 

 

 

 

 

The B2S2 station from the roof of the double DEC for Searchlights 13 & 14

 

These one-inch thick steel shields for the B2S2 station window lie on the floor inside the station.

 

 

 

 

 

The B2S2 station

 

The B2S2 station

 

 

 

 

 

The B2S2 station

 

The B2S2 station with Shoals Pt. and Mt. Edgecumbe in the background

 

 

 

 

 

The datum point marker for 'station kayak,' located on the rock next to the B2S2 station

 

This is the double Distant Electric Control (DEC) station for Searchlights 13 & 14

 

 

 

 

 

This is the double Distant Electric Control (DEC) station for Searchlights 13 & 14 as seen from the B2S2 station. 

 

Note that the foliage has made the DEC station virtually invisible from the water.

 

 

 

 

 

The only entrance to the DEC is trough the roof hatch, just like the station on Clam Island.  This is a view down the ladder from the roof.

 

A view to the north from the B2S2 station.  The small island group in front is the Passage Islands.  Behind them the causeway is just visible.

 

 

 

 

 

The foundation for the power building.  Note that each light had its own generator.

 

A somewhat blurry view of the collapsed Quonset hut located behind the DEC

 

 

 

 

 

The shelter for Searchlight 13.  Note the concrete support in front for the porch that the light would roll out on during operation.

 

The shelter for Searchlight 13

 

 

 

 

 

Searchlight 14 is located on this small island just 15 feet to the south of the main island.

 

A cruise ship passes Kayak Island.  Photo from inside the shelter for Searchlight 13.

 

 

 

 

 

The hatch to on the roof of Searchlight 13

 

This photo shows the wooden shack that is next to the DEC.  This photo is from inside the DEC.

 

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