Harbor Defenses of Sitka, Alaska


LOCATION : Lava Point, Kruzof Island (Fort Babcock)







Base End Station B3 S3 for Battery 290

The Base End Station at Lava Point is the only base end station which was constructed for Battery 290 at Shoals Pt. before construction was halted in 1944.  It was built atop a 90-foot timber tower with a base elevation of about 60 feet.  At least one Quonset hut was built for the crew.

Today little remains of the tower.  The tower is labeled on topography maps of the 1950s however it has since collapsed.  Rotten timbers, rusty cables, and the moss-covered concrete floor of the station are all that remains.  I could not locate the four footings for the tower.


Looking north up the mile-long sand beach to Lava Point - March 2002


Photos and additional information:


Army Documents of Lava Point


Photos of Lava Point today