Harbor Defenses of Sitka, Alaska


LOCATION : Abalone Island (Fort Rousseau)




SCR-296 (targeting radar) for Battery 292.

The SCR-296 radar station on Abalone Island was completed and manned through 1944. The footings for the 75 foot steel tower were constructed at the highest point of the island.  The antenna for the radar was disguised as a water tower.  A large steel building housed the radar operators. At least one separate diesel power house existed to power the radar. The radar would be used to target the guns for Battery 292 in times of low visibility.

Today, the four concrete footings remain on Abalone Island. The radar operator building and separate power house are collapsed.



One of the four footings for the SCR-296 Radar tower on Abalone Island - June 19th, 2004


Photos and additional information:


WWII era Photos of Abalone Island       Page 2


Photos of Abalone Island today


Army documents of Abalone Island