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Pointe aux Barques Light

Location: within the grounds of Lighthouse Park near Port Hope, MI
Body of Water: Lake Huron
Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

About Pointe aux Barques Light


The location of the light is within the grounds of Lighthouse Park. The nearest city is Port Hope, MI. The station was first established in 1847. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1857.

The lighthouse is a white conical tower with attached to a dwelling.

The tower has a flashing white light at a focal plane height of 93 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 16 nautical miles. The tower height is 89 ft. The light has a period of 20 seconds.

Open to the Public?: Yes    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 7-10210 (U.S.)

On Sunday, August 5, 2007, a Michigan Historical Marker was dedicated at the grounds of the lighthouse.

It Reads: The Point aux Barques Lighthouse and Lifesaving Station aided mariners for over a century, beginning in 1847. That year the U.S. Lighthouse Service built the first lighthouse on this site to mark the turning point of Lake Huron into Saginaw Bay and to warn of shallow waters. Catherine Shook became Michiganís first female light keeper when she took over for her husband, Peter, after he drowned in 1849. In 1857, the lighthouse and dwelling were replaced with the present 89 foot tower and attached house. In 1908, the brick assistant keeperís house was built. The lighthouse was fully automated in 1934. Five years later, the last keeper retired, and the lifesaving station, made up of 15 buildings, was decommissioned.

Light Pattern: Fl (2)W 20s 0.2s fl 4.8s ec., 0.2s fl 14.8s ec.

The Lighthouse and Museum are open from Memorial weekend until October 15th. The Museum hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm seven days a week.

The Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Society was founded in 2002.

A 'flashing' light is a light in which the total duration of light in a period is shorter than the total duration of darkness and the appearances of light (flashes) are usually of equal duration. So in the 20 second period, the light is on for less than 10 then off for more than 10.

Pointe aux Barques Light is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reference number 73000949.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons
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