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Postby Rob143 » Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:35 pm


Is it impossible, or just highly unsafe and crazy, to get to the lantern room at 14 Mile Point?
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:44 pm


Rob, how do you feel about climbing the trunk of about an 8 inch in diameter pine tree trunk with a couple of pieces of 2x4 nailed to it to get to the watchroom? I'm pretty sure I've got a shot of that or Hersh, if you get to it before I do, one of us can post it for you.

Hersh, do you recall if there is a lock on the doorway leading up into the lantern room? I want to think I'm correct in recalling that but it has been a couple of years since you and I were there.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:43 pm


The tree has been removed, and I know the owners of the lighthouse would not look too kindly on people climbing in the building.
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Postby Hersh » Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:46 pm


There was no lock, we could see in enough from the front to see tools & materials up there for whatever work they were doing. The ladder led to the middle level of the brick tower, so there might have been a lock on the hatch leading to the lantern itself.

Here's the route you'd take...

First, climb up into this doorway (once Gary gets his hinder out of the way).


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Then you drop down one story to the basement level. (watch you don't crash into that old stove).

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Then climb up this well designed ladder to the tower and then try to shimmy up to the lantern. (I think there was a regular aluminum ladder in there, but I can't remember for sure.) There might be some that would be ok on this piece of engineering, but not those with the husky build of Dr. Martin or myself.

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So, the answer to the question is - it is possible, but unsafe and crazy might just be an understatement.
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Postby Hersh » Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:47 pm


Terry, did the owners put the tree there? And what are their current plans for the structure?
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:57 pm


My guess would be that the owners did not put the tree there since they do not want people climbing over the structure doing further damage and possibly injuring themselves.

It is my understanding that the original plan was to restore the building, but after the morons torched the place, there's virtually no way that can happen.

Just think of incredible cost of restoration - not to mention the cost of transporting all the materials to the site by boat since there is no public access road.

I think it would make the bucks spent at Granite Island appear like pocket change :o
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Postby Hersh » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:01 pm


I'm sure it would be prohibitively expensive, but I will always hold out at least a touch of hope until the building falls in on itself. Which unfortunately will probably be soon, at least for the outer walls.

Thanks for weighing in on this one Terry, it's always good to have you around.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:33 pm


And now - back to the original subject:

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Postby Hersh » Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:37 am


That's a cool composite Terry! I can name a couple right off hand, but there are a few that will stymie me....
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:55 am


Top row left to right
Copper Harbor
Old Mackinac Point
Forty Mile Point
Detour Reef

Middle row left to right
Sturgeon Point
Au Sable Point (from fog signal)
Harbor Beach
Detour Reef

Bottom row left to right
Squaw Island
Beaver Island St. James (from boathouse)
McGulpin Point
Seul Choix
St. Helena
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Postby Hersh » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:28 pm


No need to guess now... Thanks Terry.
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Postby Gary Martin » Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:14 pm


Here's the first of several of the watchroom and lanternroom at Pigeon Point in Pescadero, California. This shot was taken of the prismatic refractions from Pigeon Point's 1st order Fresnel lens in the stairs leading up to the lantern room.

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Nice collage Terry, thanks for posting it. It's good to see some others jumping in and participating. How about Ross, Jeremy, Biggy, and some of the rest of you :?:
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Postby Grover1 » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:15 pm


Terry ... a belated thanks for the window assemblage ... enjoyed it
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Postby Gary Martin » Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:03 pm


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This shot was taken from the watch room at Pigeon Point lighthouse in Pescadero, California looking up into the 1st order Fresnel lens.
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Postby Hersh » Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:30 pm


Just one for me tonight...

When I think of looking out of a lighthouse at s great view, this is the shot that comes to my mind. This was the first time I climbed Old Mackinac Point, and this shot is why I wanted to climb it.


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