Lights

So this post begins with more pictures from the third stop on my trip, Copper Harbor, Michigan. On my final night there I decided to take the sunset/lighthouse cruise. This begins with a bit of explaining. The lighthouse and surrounding property are on a small peninsula, cut off by private property. So the only way to get there is by boat.

Specifically, this boat: Spirit of America II (I wonder what happened to Spirit of America I ?). 26 feet long with an open deck. Would you trust this boat on Lake Superior? But anyhow, the plan was to make a 20-minute run across the harbor to the lighthouse, tour the grounds, then get back on the boat and sail into Lake Superior to see the sunset before returning to the State Harbor.

But quite early on in the trip it was realized that there would be no sunset for us to see…

But we landed at lighthouse point. This wooden skeleton is the wreck of the John Jacob Astor, the first cargo boat on Lake Superior. She wrecked on the rocks across the harbor centuries ago and this is all that was recovered.

As we toured the lighthouse, a thunderstorm quickly developed outside.

This steel structure is the current light, which has been in use since the 1930s when Copper Harbor finally found electricity. The Coast Guard installed a new beacon in the spring and it has not been blinking properly as of late. I am told that the previous rotating beacon was much better. The new one is supposed to blink every six seconds, but instead it was either every two seconds or every thirty seconds.

This is the structure I toured, the old lighthouse. It has been out of use since the 1930s but an incredibly realistic museum has been erected inside, showing how a lighthouse keeper would have lived in pre-electricity Copper Harbor.

All seven of the people on my tour, including the captain, opted not to go into Lake Superior for the “sunset” because of the downpour that appeared to be imminent. And the sure lack of sunset due to the clouds.

So we made a speedy return trip through the harbor as the clouds opened up. The Isle Royale Queen IV happened to be out on the Lake somewhere at this time, I hope her passengers had fun.

Now advancing to my fourth and final stop of the trip: Brimley, Michigan. Here in Brimley sits the Point Iroquois light, which is clearly kept up incredibly well on both the outside and the inside.

This was taken minutes after the last pic, I’m not sure where the sun went.

And the two times I visited I got to see a few freighters as well. Lee A. Tregurtha has just exited the St. Marys River and is making a run to Marquette to load ore.

Lee A. is an 826 foot long freighter that is 70 years old as of 2012. And she could easily make 100 if Interlake handles her right.

This was as close as I got to an Algoboat on the trip. Algowood is sailing upbound, probably to load ore at a Minnesota port.

She is 740 feet long, the first Canadian laker to reach that length. By an inch.

And so ends this post. One left from the trip, unless I split it into two. Which I think I will.

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