Category Archives: Lighthouses

Keeper’s Log, June 16

Quite often, people ask me if I know of any ghost stories about the lighthouses. I answer, “No, but I know a good horror story. Wanna hear it?” Then I tell them this one. Sand Island Light Station, June 16, … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 12

Whaleback steamer at the Soo Locks LaPointe Light Station, June 12, 1896 Variable light clear. On the night of the 8, two pigs went ashore east of fog signal. They heard the signal and headed for the sound but was … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, June 4

Outer Island Light Station, June 4, 1897 SW, light, during day changing into a heavy E gale. Cleaning Lence and Lamp, changing burner, strainer, and float, and tending to general duty. I, the Keeper, left Bayfield at 7 AM with … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 28

Outer Island Light Station, May 28, 1935 Working on coal bunker, and put in new gasket on cylinder head in motor boat A party from Bayfield of the U. S Forestry Service and the U. S. Indian Service arrived at … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 23

Outer Island Light Station, May 23, 1935 Left 8:10 A.M. for Devils Island. Keeper returned to Station at 2:45 P.M. Burnt out condenser on timer in motor boat and was adrift in boat from 8:30 A.M. till 1:30 P.M. Calm … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 22

Raspberry Island Light Station, May 22, 1910 Keeper painted bedroom and hall upstairs. Observed Halley’s Comet at 9:20 P.M. Visible until 10:45 P.M. Cool! We were living on Fire Island when the comet returned in 1986, so that even though … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 19

Raspberry Island Light Station, May 19, 1928 Transferred raft with horse from Frog Bay to sand point, about 5 miles. This would be the horse’s second summer on Raspberry Island. A log entry the previous year explained, “Keepers will use … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 15

A bad time of year for forest fires? I’d say so: when the smoke is so thick that lighthouse keepers have to sound their foghorns to guide ships through the murk, that’s bad. LaPointe Light Station, May 15, 1898 Run … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 8

Outer Island Light Station, May 8, 1891 Keeper and Second Assistant E. Luick and Robert Carlson arrived at Station at 1:30 PM. Left Bayfield on the 7th at 11 AM, and as their was to much ice to get through … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 6

Another rough opening: Sand Island Light Station, May 6, 1917 SW Breeze & Clear cold The Tender Marigold left Bayfield at 5:15am with Keepers and some Assistants on. After passing through lots of ice and breaking away with the Marigold … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 5

LaPointe Light Station, May 5, 1899 Left Bayfield 7 A.M. Arrived at station 10 A.M. Found things in good order. The channel filled with ice. Came around by the mainland. Got the lights ready to light. The people that lived … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, May 2

Outer Island Light Station, May 2, 1935 Second Assistant came to Station, but could not land. Went to South end. Mr. Carpenter and wife walked from South end to Station. Blowing hard from the N. E. A very laconic account … Continue reading

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