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Range Lights Of Harsen's Island

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:21 pm


Finally got these ready from our Metropark Summer Discovery Cruise last month.....

St. Clair Flats Front & Rear Ranges......
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:27 pm


Continuing with St. Clair Channel Front & Rear Ranges......
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:37 pm


And Concluding with Harsen's Island Front & Rear Ranges........
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Postby NoahG » Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:31 pm


Chuck, great shots!
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:15 pm


Noah, I actually like that Harsen's FR shot from the road that I E-mailed you better, But you can't see the base of the light in that one....This one I zoomed from the pier behind the RR Light...Think I sent this one too......

What do you make of the little black "Windows?" near the top ???
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:24 pm


How many windows are there at the top of the structure? My guess would be that there is only one, and it used to house the light. Range lights only cover a narrow arc of illumination since they are designed to be seen from a specific coverage area, and thus the window from which it was exhibited could possibly have been very small. Just a guess.
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Postby NoahG » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:52 pm


Are they windows? I thought they were vents.

I really wonder what optic it originally had.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:02 pm


My mistake, I should have been more clear -- Looking at the Harsen's FR, the green light is mounted on the top, as you can see.....Below that, there are 4 evenly-spaced what I refered to as "windows" around the circumference...The reason I called them "windows" is that they sort of resemble little tiny windows, but I don't know what they are..... :?: :?:
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Postby NoahG » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:08 pm


They look like covered vents. Very similar ones exist on Windmill Point, MI.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:38 pm


Certainly not windows if there are four of them on a Range light. Perhaps vents for the prior acetylene system.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:22 pm


That sounds about right....I don't yet know when this light was placed here, however...

Here's another angle......
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:59 am


I just did a little digging through the Light Lists, and identified that the Harsens Island Range was originally established in 1889. The existing front range structure was erected in 1934, with its original 150 mm optic lighted with electricity - so my earlier comment about acetylene was incorrect.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:37 pm


So.....What are the little window-looking thingies......Decorative ???
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