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On Station – The Huron Lightship


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This awesome painting of the Huron Lightship, anchored on its station, with a freighter in the distance, was done by architect and artist Clayton Perry of Mill Valley, California, who shared this image with us.

Lightships were basically floating lighthouses that were anchored at a permanent location where it was too expensive or too impractical to build a lighthouse. Because the lightship was not allowed to leave its station, regardless of the weather conditions, it was considered the most dangerous duty of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and later the Coast Guard.

The Huron Lightship was the last operating lightship on the Great Lakes and served for over 50 years by the time she was retired in 1970. For 36 of those years, she was stationed at Corsica Shoals, a sandy area, six miles north of Port Huron, Michigan. The well-maintained vessel, now a historic landmark, is on display as a museum at the Pine Grove Park in Port Huron, Michigan.

This story appeared in the Jan/Feb 2021 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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