Robinson Point is on the eastern tip of Maury Island on East Passage. It was named Point Robinson by Cmdr. Charles Wilkes, for R. P. Robinson, purser’s steward on the Exploring Expedition’s flagship, the USS Vincennes. The name was reversed in subsequent mapping.
The Point Robinson Light Station is an exceptionally complete assemblage of early 1900s light station buildings. The buildings’ design and construction are typical products of the system of government design and construction of navigational aids and support buildings in the Pacific Northwest from the late 1800s through the early twentieth century. As one of three early pivotal points of navigation upon which maritime traffic in Puget Sound relied, Point Robinson Light station is related directly to the transportation and economy of the Pacific Northwest.