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Friday, August 4, 2017:  The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was open near the south end of the Mackinac Bridge.

The Lighthouse keeper was checking his watch, preparing to tour the public through.
He looks young for being 100 years old.


He ran the fog horn, which could be heard for eight miles.  

A view from the light, looking north at the Mackinac Bridge. 
That bridge now replaces the original lighthouse with lights and horn.


There is a museum on site, which explains history in the area.
A model of the SS Cedarville.  Constructed in 1927, she was a 588 foot long bulk carrier on the Great Lakes.


The ship suffered heavy damage after colliding with another ship in 1965 and went to the bottom quickly.
She is the largest wreck in the Straights of Mackinac, killing ten sailors in the mishap, which happened in heavy fog.


Then it was time for lunch at this one of a kind restaurant in Mackinaw City.
People come from all over and stand in line for hot dogs of all types.
They are so busy that they don't have time to do a website.


The Lighthouse Station at Whitefish Point was next on the list.
Yes, there was a bit of light rain, but it was worth seeing.


People were walking the beach looking for agates etc.

This statue of the light house keeper stands near an immaculately restored  lifeboat. 

Whitefish Point was not far from where the Edmond Fitzgerald sank with all hands on November 11, 1975. 
A fierce November storm with hurricane force winds and 35 foot waves sent her and 29 men to a watery grave in 530 feet of water.
The 729 foot vessel was carrying taconite from the mines in northern Minnesota, destined to steel mills in the east.

Divers recovered the bell, but the rest remains on the bottom.
Gordon Lightfoot wrote and performed the haunting song, The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald.

Quote of the day:    The Great Lakes can be treacherous in November.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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