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Split Rock from last November - in the daytime...

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:01 pm


While I was in Minnesota's arrowhead last November, I also did a lot of shooting at Split Rock during the day time. The link below will direct you to another gallery of new photos from then.

http://tinyurl.com/24xk6k
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Postby Hersh » Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:09 pm


Nice gallery Gary, I guess campsite # 4 is the place to set up if I ever camp up there.

Perhaps it's been answered before, but why don't they light the Fresnel during the regular navigation season? If the whole apparatus is there, and obviously in working order, why wouldn't the USCG want to use it as an AToN?
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:51 pm


I don't have a clue as to the answer to that one Mike. The lighthouse has been decommissioned, but... Hey Terry Pepper... got an answer for us on this one???
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Postby vacastle » Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:30 pm


http://www.terrypepper.com/Lights/superior/splitrock/splitrock.htm
Advances in RADAR and LORAN-C rendered the lighthouse obsolete, and thus the station was closed and the light permanently extinguished in 1969.

The Minnesota Historical Society has owned it since 1971.

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Postby Hersh » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:29 pm


Even at that, there are private aids out there... Perhaps they like to keep the annual lighting as a special affair, and if they lit the lens all year it would lose some of the mystique...
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Postby Rob143 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:50 pm


Even if it is privately owned, the ownership of the fresnel itself remains with the USCG. I would think they should be able to light it as an AToN if they chose to do so for the entire season. All the technological advancements in the world don't help when they fail, and everything fails at some point in time. All else failing a beacon of light would continue to do the same today as it always did in the past, when that inevitable equipment failure occurs.

Another thought. Although the fresnel is still there, is it possible the condition of everything is not up to full time use anymore?
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Postby Gary Martin » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:53 pm


The Fresnel lens and clockwork mechanism to rotate the lens are all in good working order from what the docents at the light have had to say the two times I've been there.
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Postby Hersh » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:01 pm


When the WiLD group toured the light a couple years ago, the lens was turning the whole time, though not lit. (It was daytime) Gary and I both took shots o fit turning from the level immediately below, and got some good ones. Even when we viewed it from the boat you could see that the lens was rotating.

And as you said Rob, all the other lighthouses I've seen that have been transferred into private hands that still have an operable lighting apparatus in them have had the caveat that the light itself remains USCG property. Maybe because thios one was deactivated and then sold, not automated as many were, that's why they don't light it.
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Postby vacastle » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:18 pm


Actually, there is a lighthouse in North Carolina that was transfered into private hands, the National Park Service. Then in the spring of 2005, the USCG transfered the ownership of the lens from the CG to the NPS. The lighthouse is still an aid to navigation, but private not active (ATON). The NPS is responsible for keeping it lit. Should the timing need resetting, the CG will help and make sure that it is correct.

The lighthouse is Bodie Island, and the lens is a beautiful operational first Fresnel.

Perhaps, the bi-valve lens at Split Rock is not lit on a regular basis because it would cause confusion to mariners.

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Postby alchunb » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:21 pm


In actuality, a private ATON is a nightmare for the owner. By assuming the responsibility of operating the lens as an actual ATON, the parties lighting the lens are also responsible if a vessel runs aground if somebody forgets to flip the switch on their way out the door for the evening. There's more to it than just owning or being guardian to the lens; it's a huge responsibility to the public, the shipping industry, and the USCG to operate the lens as it was originally intended. A lot of people seem to forget this. This particular lens is also one of the last floating on its original mercury; not the best thing to be running every single day if the public is still invited to visit and "take in" all it has to offer, especially on a rare hot sunny Minnesota summer day. Unless you all enjoy early kidney failure...
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Postby Hersh » Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:43 pm


Well, I think the liability would scare me into lighting it just once a year....
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:43 am


Beautiful stuff, Gary! I also enjoy the visit to your 'Fitz' gallaries....awsome nighttime shots!

Brent

P.S. 'Enjoyed the 'fisheye' shot, too..... :)
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