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Cape Decision Lighthouse Association Helps Out at Five Finger Lighthouse
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The lighthouse keeper and Cape Decision Lighthouse Association work crew (click on photo to enlarge)

This past summer Chris Brooks and Steve Lanwermeyer from the Cape Decision Lighthouse Association and several of their old friends spent five days at Five Finger Lighthouse replacing an asphalt shingled roof on the carpenter shed with beautiful cedar shakes. The volunteers were also able to enjoy whale watching, fishing and exploring our small island. Many of the group had never been to Alaska and therefore enjoyed the unique experience of life at a lighthouse on a 3 acre island.

This work is part of our Save America’s Treasures grant. Several years ago, the Coast Guard had removed the original cedar shingles and replaced them with the asphalt shingles. Both the carpenter shed and adjacent boat house are what is left of the original buildings from the early 1900’s. The boat house still has cedar shingles, but these also need to be replaced this coming summer. With repair of the two outbuildings, the original historic character of the buildings will be maintained. This in kind labor will be reciprocated by members of the Juneau Lighthouse Association at Cape Decision hopefully this summer. This is not the first time that Alaska lighthouse groups have worked together. The Alaska Lighthouse Association from Pt. Retreat sent a crew down to Five Finger several years ago while members of the Juneau Lighthouse Association have worked and volunteered at Pt. Retreat.

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