Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse - Mackinaw City, Michigan
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise

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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (1892-1957)

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferries offers lighthouse cruises several says a week during the summer. There are two different cruises. These photos were taken on the westbound lighthouse cruise in 2005.

The lighthouse cruises depart from the Mackinaw City dock, head west, pass Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and stop briefly in the under the "Mighty Mac" (Mackinac Bridge), before continuing to Waugoshance Point and Lake Michigan during the 3 hour tour.

Mackinac Bridge - the Mighty Mac
Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Briidge repairs
Tarps to catch lead based paint being sandblasted off the Mackinac Bridge

White Shoal Light - Lake Michigan
125 feet White Shoal Light (1910 -  )

White Shoal Light was built in 1910 to replace a lightship that had marked the shoal since 1891. Lighthouse keepers were stationed on the light until 1976 when the light was automated. The Fog horn most have been hard on the lighthouse keepers in the small space.

White Shoal Light originally had a Second Order Fresnel lens, but that was replaced with a 12 volt solar powered 190 mm Tidelands Signal acrylic lens when the light was automated. The original lens is exhibited at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on Whitefish point.

White Shoal Light - Lake Michigan

solar panels on White Shoal Light - Michigan
solar panels

Mackinac Bridgae Authority weather gauge
This new wind gage was added to the top of  White Shoal Light to alert the
Mackinac Bridge Authority of sudden high winds approaching the bridge/

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