Wednesday, January 02, 2008

U.S Coast Guard Station, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Established in 1886 as part of the U.S. Life Saving Service, the station is located at the east end of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. Reef and pier lights had been established at the canal’s opening four years earlier, but as city of Sturgeon Bay grew as a manufacturing, farming and lumber center, the demand for better navigational aids grew with it. The U.S. government began construction of a light tower with a unique experimental design.

The tall center portion of the tower is the original structure, built in 1898. Vibrations caused by stiff Lake Michigan winds necessitated the addition of guy wires in an attempt to stabilize the structure. Steel legs and buttresses were added in 1903 and remain to this day.

Station Sturgeon Bay's main missions are search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, marine environmental protection, recreational boating safety, and shore line ice rescue.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2008 James Jordan.

1 comment:

Wanda said...

I love Lighthouses, but have only see a few in person. My favorite was the Portland Lighthouse in Maine.

Lovely pictures. The blue is so rich in both todays and yesterdays.

Nice :)