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Family Outings and Vacations at Lighthouses


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Outing to Seul Choix Point
Last year, we printed a photograph of then 86-year-old subscriber Helen Marschner from Wisconsin at the top of Michigan’s Peninsula Point Lighthouse. She has always prided herself in the fact that she had never met a lighthouse she couldn’t climb to the top, but she recently, now at age 87, has met her match. She wrote, “This year my family visited Michigan’s Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in the state’s Upper Peninsula. Climbing through the first hatch, there was no railing or grab bar, so my son, who was behind me, crawled around me on the narrow stairs (no easy task) and got onto the landing and pulled me up through the hatch. Since there were two more similar hatches, we all decided I had gone far enough – a major disappointment. Coming down was also a big challenge, so I did it by sitting to the first landing, where I could then stand up and climb down properly.” Helen said that all of her family, including the great-grandchildren, thoroughly enjoyed all the displays at the beautifully preserved museum at the lighthouse, with its several outbuildings, and they spent several hours there.

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First Lighthouse Visit was Exciting
By Robert Tellier - On a cold Sunday afternoon in January 1962, my mother said we were going to go to a lighthouse that afternoon. I was nine years old at the time, and it was my first lighthouse experience. After getting permission from the parents of my friend Johnny to go with us, we went off to the Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly, Rhode Island. There was a large crowd of people there to look offshore

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at the Norwegian freighter Leif Viking, out of Oslo, that had run aground on Gangway Rock about 250 yards off Watch Hill Point. It seems that the freighter had been headed to New London, loaded with 700 tons of newsprint, and was grounded by pilot error. Local tugs tried to pull it free, however, they were unable to accomplish their mission, so it was sitting there waiting for a large tug out of New York to lend assistance. In the end, the ship was freed and went on its way.

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