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Update on McGulpin Point

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:24 pm


An update on McGulpin Point.

- The Coast Guard has approved reactivation of the lighthouse as a Private Aid To Navigation.
- The new Tidelands Signal 300mm optic has been delivered to Mackinaw City.
- Trees immediately in front of the lighthouse will be removed so it can be seen from the Straits of Mackinac.
- The walls, astragals and roof for the replica lantern for the lighthouse were put together in the fabrication shop for the first time today, as shown in the following photo:

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Everything is currently ahead of schedule for the official relighting on May 30, 2009 - to which the public is invited.

Hope to see some of you there.
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Postby NoahG » Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:35 am


VERY cool.

May 30th, I might just be able to make this one.
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Postby Hersh » Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:59 pm


Good work by y'all at GLLKA for getting this done Terry. And in your back yard, no less! I doubt I'll be up your way for the re-lighting, but I wish you the best.
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Postby CaptainJason » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:01 pm


sounds like we will be able to see this one on the ultimate lighthouse tour this fall.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:01 pm


Indeed - we should be able to see McGulpin Point light from the water when we pass on the Ultimate Cruise.

We visited Moran Iron Works on Wednesday to see how work was progressing on the new lantern. As you will see in the photo below, the entire unit has been assembled and sand-blasted, and was ready for two coats of black epoxy. The gentleman in the blue overalls was busy plugging all the threaded holes with putty so the threads would not get painted. The next photo I post should show the lantern in its fully painted condition.

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The brass vents should be cast in a couple of weeks, and will be ready to install in the parapet walls. It will be great to see the lantern lifted up to the top of the tower, making the lighthouse whole for the first time since the lantern was removed by the Lighthouse Board in 1906. (When the day comes, I will make a video of the lantern raising, and post it on You Tube and on the GLLKA Facebook page.
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Postby NoahG » Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:39 pm


I'm glad to see GLLKA utilizing all the social networking sites and such. It was a pleasant surprise to see GLLKA and Terry on Facebook.
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:56 pm


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