Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise
August 26, 2005

Grays Reef Light
Grays Reef Light (1936 - automated 1976)

Grays Reef Light was built in 1936 to replace the third in a series of lightships that were anchored on Grays Reef for 45 years. The tower is 65' high.

cormorants
 on Gray's Reef Light

The cormorants have greatly multiplied in northern Michigan in the past 25 years and are not very popular. They are blamed for the failure of some of the Great Lakes' fisheries.

Gray's Reef light in Lake Michigan
 

Waugoshance Light
Waugoshance Light (1851-1912)

Waugoshance Light near Wilderness State Park was used for artillery practice during World War 2. Built in 1851, Waugoshance Lighthouse replaced a lightship which was stationed on Waugoshance Shoal in 1832. Waugoshance Light had red and white horizontal stripes when it was in operation. The light operated until 1912, when it was replaced by White Shoals Lighthouse.

Sailboat and Waugoshance Light

tug Barbara Andrie
122' tug Barbara Andrie (1940) pushing a barge full of asphalt

St. Helena Light - Straits of Mackinac
St. Helena Light (1873 - automated 1922) being restored by Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.

St. Helena Light - Straits of Mackinac
St. Helena Light on St. Helena Island

Captain William R. Shepler
Captain William Shepler Jr. (Bill)

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