Point Loma Lighthouse G3676
San Diego, California, USA
Latitude: 32 deg 39.5 min N
Longitude: 117 deg 14.3 min W
Character: Fl W 15s
Tower height: 21 m
Elevation: 27 meters
Visible: 22 M
Fog signal: Horn (2) 30s
First lit: 1891
We saw this beautiful light on the 30th of September 2003.
The New Point Loma Light was exhibited for the first time on 23rd March 1891.
The tower is painted white, lantern and watch room black. The 2-story frame Spanish revival keeper's quarters, white with red roof, are now used as Coast Guard housing.
In 1913, a fog signal was installed at the site and a third dwelling was added to house another assistant keeper to help with the added responsibilities.
Point Loma Light was automated in 1973.
Today, the keeper's quarters house Coast Guard officers, who enjoy the prime oceanfront property.
The western most keeper's house was used in the filming of the movie Top Gun. It served as home of Mike Metcalf (Viper), the commanding office of Top Gun. The house and surrounding area are seen when Maverick (Tom Cruise), after the crash that killed Goose, goes to the officer's house to discuss his options.
This is the only surviving tower of its type on the Pacific Coast. In 2001, the Coast Guard commissioned an engineering firm to study the condition and future of the lighthouse.
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