Searchlights #9 and #10
Fort Schwatka, HD Dutch Harbor
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Searchlights #9 and #10 were installed in the deep valley separating Ulakta Head from Mt. Ballyhoo. Each searchlight was provided with an "elephant" steel shelter, a power plant shelter and was controlled from a Distant Electrical Control, or DEC, station of wood frame construction. Also located nearby are a collapsed Quonset hut and a small earth sheltered wood structure of unknown purpose.

Today the corrugated "elephant" steel roofs have been blown off both power plants and shelter #9, leaving only the lower wooden portions.

Note: DEC #10 was not investigated due to time constraints, but appeared to be in similar condition to #9 when viewed from a distance.



Searchlight #9


Looking northwest at the shelter site.
July 2004
Looking south east at the shelter site.
July 2004
Detail of rotor, possibly from the 2.5 KVA standby lighting generator.
July 2004
Shelter #9's roof is now in the valley below the Quonset hut.
July 2004
DEC #9, looking north.
July 2004
Looking west at DEC #9.
July 2004
The #9 power plant.
July 2004



Searchlight #10


Looking southwest, DEC #9 at left, shelter #10 at right. DEC #10 is not clearly visible, but is located on the ridge line near the top of the photo.
July 2004
Shelter #10 seen from DEC #9.
July 2004
The rear of the shelter.
July 2004
Looking south at the shelter, the roof has been displaced to the left.
July 2004
Inside the shelter.
July 2004
Power plant #10, looking east.
July 2004
The power plant's roof has blown about 30 feet to the east.
July 2004



Support Buildings


Looking northwest, Quonset in the foreground and the wooden structure to the rear.
July 2004
Detail of the wooden structure.
July 2004
Looking southeast at the Quonset hut remains.
July 2004







Documents
Form 4, Searchlight #9August 1, 1944
Form 4, Searchlight #10August 1, 1944
Form 5, Standby LightingAugust 1, 1944
Detail map of area.December 10, 1944
Field of illumination mapDecember 10, 1944




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