Night Lights

Alden Point Light on Patos Island keeps up a steady rhythm of roughly three to one with East Point Light on Saturna Island, thus delineating the Westerly entrance from Georgia Strait into Boundary Pass. On a clear night, Turn Point Light on Stuart Island, at the other end of Boundary Pass, is visible with its rapid warning to vessel traffic at Haro Strait in and outbound from Vancouver.

Steady running, mast and bow lights indicate the size of ships navigating North and South, while occasional deck lights illuminate tugs towing barges or waiting to escort tankers.

Sometimes, when wakened by stormy weather, I happen on unusually busy nights when traffic is active in all directions, and I imagine the noise in pilot houses as captains and mates monitor marine radio channels for vessel communications and Coast Guard updates.

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