Constantine Head
Constantine Head, HD Dutch Harbor
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Constantine Head was the site of a triple base end and spotting station, two searchlights and some support buildings. The base end stations included B'''4, B'''3 and B''1 each station occupying a different level of the 13 by 30 foot wood frame structure. The two searchlights, numbers 5 and 6, were housed in corrugated 'elephant' steel shelters and directed from wooden Distant Electrical Control stations, or DECs, located near by. The generators for the searchlights were installed at the base of the cliff, in concrete and steel shelters.

The rugged nature of the site makes exploration difficult. The searchlights and base end station are built into the cliff on small ledges with no safe access. Presumably during occupation there would have been wooden stairs and walkways connecting the installations. The distillation plant and searchlight power houses are at beach level and accessible, although badly damaged by erosion.






Searchlight #5 on the left, #6 and the base end at right.
July 2004
Again, searchlight #5 on the left, #6 and the base end at right.
July 2004
Detail of searchlight #5.
July 2004
Searchlight #6 and the BES, rubble of DEC #6 in between.
July 2004
Remains of searchlight power house #5.
July 2004
Rubble of searchlight power house #6.
July 2004
Looking west at the distillation plant.
July 2004
Distillation plant, wood stave water tanks on hill at right.
July 2004
The distillation plant.
July 2004
Detail of old tool rack in the distillation plant.
July 2004
Rubble from a quonset hut, possibly the mess hall.
July 2004
Detail of telephone junction box.
July 2004
There are two generators on the beach near searchlight power house #6. They may be the two 7½ KVA Koehler generators that supplied general power to the area.
July 2004







Documents
Form 2, Base end stationAugust 1, 1944
Form 4, Searchlight #5August 1, 1944
Form 4, Searchlight #6August 1, 1944
B Annex mapDecember 10, 1944
Map of area  Note: modified from the original 




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