Point Hueneme Lighthouse, Port Hueneme, California
Originally built in 1874, with a new art deco tower built in 1940.
POINT HUENEME LIGHT
Location: EAST ENTRANCE SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL
Station Established: 1874
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1941
Automated? YES 1972
Construction Materials: CONCRETE
Tower Shape: SQUARE ON FOG SIGNAL BUILDING
Markings/Pattern: WHITE ART MODERNE
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
Point Hueneme Light on the north side of the east entrance to the Santa Barbara Channel is a 48-foot high, buff-colored tower on a fog-signal building. Established in 1874, the station was automated in 1941.
Probably the most dramatic thing that has happened in recent years within range of the light was a shipwreck over which the lighthouse had no preventive power. The veteran passenger liner La Janelle once removed from her role as a cruise liner, lay at anchor off Port Hueneme on April 14, 1970 awaiting plans for conversion to a floating restaurant and fun palace. The owners were attempting to cut down on moorage costs by leaving the vessel at anchor in the open ocean, directly offshore. That was a bad mistake. With only one watchman aboard, the vessel fell victim to storm-tossed seas which rose to huge activities, causing the 465 foot long ship to slip her anchor cables. In a dramatic episode of the sea, rescue parties managed to snatch the watchman from the deck, but the 40 year old vessel, like a wounded whale, was tossed unceremoniously onto the beach, a total constructive loss. The California State Lands Commission became much concerned about the problem both from the standpoint of leaking oil and a menace to navigation. They voted unanimously to have the ship scrapped, "as is, where is," and accordingly put out bids. The big steel ship still remains but is being torn apart bit by bit by human and natural elements.