Point Atkinson Light

by John MacFarlane and Captain Alec Provan 2016

Point Atkinson Light

Point Atkinson Light (Photo from the Captain Alec Provan collection. )

Point Atkinson Light (List of Lights 386 G5426) is a white hexagonal tower, red band at top with 6 buttresses. It exhibits Flash 0.25 s; eclipse 0.75 s; flash 0.25 s; eclipse 3.75 s. Year round. Chart:3481

Point Atkinson Light

Point Atkinson Light (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

Captain Vancouver recorded that he had named Point Atkinson on Howe Sound (N entrance point to Burrard Inlet, in West Vancouver (municipality), New Westminster Land District) after a "particular friend". The most likely candidate appears to be Thomas Atkinson, RN, who later was the Sailing Master of HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar.

Point Atkinson Light Fresnel

Point Atkinson Light old Fresnel lens in storage (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

References: https://www.notmar.gc.ca/publications/list-livre/pac/p3855-en.php; http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/9827.html; BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office; Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971);

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