Ile aux Galets, courtesy Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light I just learned about a super-cool cruise for lighthouse lovers that also benefits the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. mLive reports: There are 80 spots available for the trip which takes place in the northern part of Lake Michigan June 5-9. It is presented by the … Continue reading Cruise to 32 Lighthouses including the Skillagalee Island Light!
Grand Island Lighthouse, photo by Steve Nowakowski Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light shares the story of one of Michigan’s hard-luck lighthouses, the Grand Island East Channel Light. Work began in 1867 with the the clearing of a sandy peninsula on the southeast shore of the island: As a result of the chosen site being both on low ground and … Continue reading Hard Luck Lights: Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse
Golden Light at the Lighthouse, photo by PhotoJacko – Jackie Novak View Jackie’s photo bigger, see more in her Winter slideshow, and be sure to follow Jackie Novak Photography on Facebook. PS: You can do a little Throwback Thursday to January 12, 2015 and the Polar Vortex at the St. Joseph Lighthouse.
Pier Energy, photo by Aaron Springer The Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse entry at Terry Pepper’s excellent Seeing the Light says the tip of the light is 72 feet off the water, making that spray over 80′ tall!! Click above for a ton more, but here’s something about the light tower: 1912 saw significant a significant change in … Continue reading Pier Energy at Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse on Whitefish Bay, photo by Cole Chase Photography The Point Iroquois Lighthouse page at Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light has a 100+ hear old photo of the light taken from almost exactly the same angle as Cole’s! View his bigger and see more great shots from fall of 2014 in his Autumn … Continue reading Today & Yesterday at Point Iroquois Lighthouse
“McCarty’s Cove” Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, photo by John McCormick Just got back from Marquette, and I have to say, this is one cool city!! John took this photo back in August of 2011 at sunrise at McCarty’s Cove, one of Marquette’s best beaches according to Travel Marquette. I really had to dig (seriously, a Mining Journal … Continue reading Sunrise on McCarty’s Cove & Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
Tawas Point Lighthouse Crew Training, photo by UpNorth Memories The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association has an excellent history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service that says in part: In 1878 the growing network of lifesaving stations was finally organized as a separate agency of the Treasury Department and named the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Sumner I. … Continue reading #TBT Tawas Point US Lighthouse Service Crew Training
via leelanau.com… Tales of the Crib, photo by Jim “To pass time, the men watched television, read books and magazines, played board games, and chatted with passing ship captains by radio. One coastguardsman perfected his rappelling skills by using ropes to descend from the gallery outside the lantern room to the concrete deck below.” ~Life … Continue reading North Manitou Shoal Light and 3 other Michigan lighthouses for sale
14 foot shoal lighthouse, photo by David Juckett Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light remains the gold standard for information about the lighthouses of the Great Lakes. Terry writes (in part) of the process of constructing Fourteen Foot Shoal Light near the entry into Cheboygan Harbor: With completion of the work at Poe Reef in 1929, … Continue reading Fourteen Foot Shoal Lighthouse in Lake Huron
Homeward Bound, photo by Bobby Palosaari Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light is my go-to for Michigan lighthouse lore. His entry for the Keweenaw Upper Entrance Lighthouse says in part: With the meteoric growth of copper mining in the Keweenaw between 1843 and 1968, increased shipping access to the twin cities of Houghton and Hancock became increasingly important. … Continue reading Houghton’s Keweenaw Upper Entrance Lighthouse