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McGulpin Point lantern installation 04/23/2009

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:28 am


07:55 on the morning of April 23, the lantern arrives in Mackinaw City. Here, a Mackinaw City
Police Department escort helps the truck and trailer make the turn onto Central Avenue.
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The semi pulls over on the street in front of the lighthouse to scope out the best way to back
into the narrow lighthouse driveway.
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The Moran Ironworks crane was brought to the property the day before, and was already
preparing the gallery to receive the railing and lantern.
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This view from the gallery shows the semi backing up the driveway.
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Work has already been underway for two days clearing trees in front of the lighthouse so
it will be able to shine its light out over the Straits of Mackinac.
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With the removal of the trees, this view of the lighthouse from below the bluff has been
opened-up for the first time in almost 100 years since the trees began to grow back.
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A three-armed sling is attached to the railing to prepare for lifting it to the gallery.
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The ironworkers don their safety gear before climbing into the man lift to guide
the railing onto its new home on the tower.
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The railing is slowly lowered onto the gallery
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The new railing in place, and holes are drilled and tapped to secure it
to the cast iron gallery floor.
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12:15, and the lantern is raised towards the tower
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The lantern is carefully eased down onto the gallery and positioned
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Moran Ironworkers marking the position for the bolts which hold the lantern to the gallery.
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The view from the new clearing below the bluff with the lantern in place.
In the next couple of days, the lantern will be glazed, the light installed,
and everything will be ready to exhibit the light on May 30 - for the first
time in 103 years.
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Postby ericlighthouse » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:28 pm


Nice report and pictures.

Not many lighthouses have buttresses.
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:44 pm


Terry ... from top to bottom, just great ... thanks for the report
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Postby Weasel58 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:14 pm


Great to hear Terry! :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:

Eric, the buttressed lights are more common on the Great Lakes. There are a number of near duplicates of McGulpin Pt. Kind of like there are many near duplicates of St. Augie.

Eagle Bluff, Sand Island, and Chambers Island in Wisconsin. White River, Squaw Island, Passage Island, and Eagle Harbor in Michigan.
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Postby NoahG » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:49 pm


Terry, what optic will be placed in the Lantern?

Has the vent ball been constructed yet?


Great shots, you had a beautiful day for such historic work.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:27 pm


The lantern was removed after the series above so that the mounting holes could be reamed and tapped tomorrow morning. It will then again be lifted to the gallery and permanently installed. The vent ball is indeed complete, and will be installed after the lantern has been replaced. The brass vents about which I posted previously will also be installed as soon as the lantern has been glazed.

To start with, the lantern will be outfitted with a Tidelands Signal 300M LED optic. The hope is that sufficient funds can be obtained to have Artworks Florida design and fabricate an acrylic replica of the original fixed Third-and-a-half Order Fresnel.
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:54 pm


Very cool series of photos, Terry, thanks for sharing.
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Postby Hersh » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:38 pm


Congrats to you and everyone at GLLKA for making this happen Terry. Outstanding work!! I can't wait to see this one on the cruise this fall.
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Postby LighthouseNews » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:58 am


Thank you so much for sharing these, Terry. Fantastic photos, and story. It would be great if enough can be raised for a Fresnel replica, but it's just wonderful to see a lost lighthouse return.

Kudos to Emmet County for the purchase and to GLLKA for their wonderful work. :yay:
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Postby NoahG » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:58 am


Well, personally I don't know if I would have called it "lost", but indeed I think we can all agree there is a certain magic to a lighthouse with a Lantern. And with GLLKA behind a project like this, you know that every step along the way is going to be accurate and done to the highest standards.

Truly magnificent work I will definitely have to check it out this summer.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:18 am


The vent ball was hoisted into place and secured at 11:00 on the
morning of April 24, 2009.
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The view from the lantern across the Straits of Mackinac. A few more trees to remove, and
the light will be visible to mariners for the first time since it was extinguished in 1906.
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An electrician was also on site this morning running wiring up through the weight pocket to the
lantern to supply power to the new optic. The glaziers should be on site next Monday to install
the glazing, and make everything watertight. The optic will be installed and tested soon therafter,
in preparation for the relighting ceremony on May 30.

The corbels and butress caps need painting black, the roof red, and the shutters and windows a
dark green, and the structure will appear very much the way it did when the light was first
exhibted 140 years ago this year.

Come join us on May 30 - we have all kind of wonderful things planned.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:04 pm


The interior walls and the pedestal for the Tidelands Signal 300-MLED optic were installed at
around 2:30 this afternoon. Check out that beautiful brass vent casting which was cast by
Adams Casting from original drawings.
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With metal component installation complete, the good folks from Moran Ironworks returned
to Onaway, leaving the lighthouse alone to show off its new lantern.
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After window glazing, black paint on the corbels, gallery and buttress caps, red paint on the
shingles and dark forest green shutters and windows, the lighthouse will again appear the
way it did when Keeper James Davenport raised his family here.

Great job from everyone involved!
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Postby clm1950 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:19 pm


Terrific updates and photos. Thanks for sharing ...
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Postby NoahG » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:31 pm


Incredible. Just incredible.
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Postby LighthouseNews » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:11 pm


^^What NoahG said^^

Thank you for sharing these with us Terry.
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