Lighthouse Series - Stage 5

Poverty Bay

Point Robinson Light

Point Robinson Light, Maury Island

Point Robinson Light, Maury Island

← 6.6 m / 10.6 km →

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Browns Point Light

Photos needed. Come swim!

Photos needed. Come swim!

From NOAA Coast Pilots

Point Robinson the easternmost end of Maury Island and the major turning point in the [East] Passage, is a low spit projecting 140 yards from the wooded high land. Robinson Point Light (47°23'17"N., 122°22'28"W.), 40 feet above the water, is shown from a 40-foot white octagonal tower on the point.

There are two barge-loading berths at the gravel pits about 1 mile southwest of Point Robinson. Conveyors load the barges. The gravel pits are prominent from the south end of East Passage. These facilities are the only commercial wharves on Vashon and Maury Islands, except for oil receiving wharves.

East Passage on the east side of Vashon and Maury Islands, extends from Alki Point south-southeast for 12.5 miles to Point Robinson, and thence southwest for 6 miles to Browns Point. The waters throughout are deep and free from dangers, which in no case extend as much as 0.5 mile from shore.

On entering Commencement Bay, either from the north via East Passage or Colvos Passage or from the south via The Narrows and Dalco Passage, Dash Point, Browns Point, and Point Defiance are prominent. Browns Point Light (47°18'21"N., 122°26'39"W.), 38 feet above the water, is shown from a 35-foot white concrete house on Browns Point. Once inside the bay, numerous stacks, tanks, and towers are visible.