Monthly Archives: September 2010

Keeper’s Log, September 30

Raspberry Island Light Station, September 30, 1896 At 12:30 A.M. a steam barge hailed us to find out where he was. Told him “Raspberry Island”, and he said all right and in about 30 minutes, saw his lights. Heavy smoke … Continue reading

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Has Anyone Noticed

….something interesting about the two keepers’ dwellings whose pictures I just posted?

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Keeper’s Log, September 29

Ashland Breakwater Light Station, September 29, 1922 Water Company arrived to find cause of water rising in the street. Found the cause to be a broken water pipe on the property. Telegraphed to Detroit for permission to install new lead … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 28

Raspberry Island Light Station, Keeper’s Diary, September 28, 1888 28th Quite cool at present. We put up the box stove today and fire up. Joe Hardy has moved back to York Island to fish. Steamboats do not run on time … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 27

Michigan Island Light Station, September 27, 1929 Keeper moved in to new dwelling today. Raining most of the day. NE wind, moderate. Thick on Lake this morning. The year 1929 saw extensive construction at the Michigan Island light station: a … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 26

Raspberry Island Light Station, September 26, 1904 Finished painting on the dwelling.  Mrs. Ella Luick of Sand Island Lightstation, visited Raspberry Island today.  Cleaned the flues in boiler No. 1 and cleaned up in signal house. It’s interesting, and poignant, … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 25

Sand Island Light Station, September 25, 1899 NE gale & Cloudy cold Devil Island Light visible Keepers’ wife is still unable to do any work.  Keeper shot the hawk that caught the Ruster.  Keeper Slacked lime and went to E … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 24

A twofer, thoroughly ironic: Outer Island Light Station, September 24, 1874 We left in our sail boat for Bayfield to get provisions. Arrived that night about 12 o’clock. I went over to LaPointe the next morning to get pork and … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 23

Ashland Breakwater Light Station, September 23, 1922 Warm and windy- Did necessary routine duties. Navigation light. All lights vis. Keeper, J.H. Bergan, passed away at St. Joseph’s hospital at 11:30 P.M. from heart failure. Work to be carried on by … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 22

Outer Island Light Station, September 22, 1875 The water in the well gave out at 7:30 AM. Carried water from the house well by this means kept the Signal agoing until 9:30 AM when the fog lifted or cleared. Sent … Continue reading

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Keeper’s Log, September 21

Outer Island Light Station, September 21, 1946: General duties around Station. Boat returned from Bayfield with Munn, Eugene W., 232‑364, BM1C, for assignment to duty as Officer in Charge, replacing Barningham, Vernon T., 213‑716, BM1C, in accordance with District Order … Continue reading

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Another Whaleback

Lisa G commented on my previous post, noting that the Christopher Columbus looked top-heavy, and I could not agree more. Since streamlining was a defining characteristic of the whaleback ship, the Columbus was not at all a representative example of … Continue reading

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