Algoma Pierhead Light, WI


Algoma Pierhead Front Light, WI

The Algoma Light was established in 1893 and rebuilt in 1908.   In 1932, the entire structure was raised to its present forty-eight foot height.

This unique tower is known as the Pierhead Front Light and acts as a range with the back light tower.  When mariners line up both lights, it insures alignment with the channel; very important when you’re trying to find your way at night or in fog.

The identifying features of this historic place are showing an occulting red light, three times every six seconds and visible for sixteen miles.  She stands 48’ above sea level and blasts a loud horn in fog.  She is painted red for daylight recognition.

Duty here was generally considered a “tough duty” tour – not only because there was no dwelling at or near the light tower, but also because servicing the light required walking an elevated catwalk for over seven hundred feet –every inch exposed to the weather and the sea!

Imagine what that was like in stormy weather, with waves washing over and under the walkway – and how about the icy wither months?

Lighthouse keepers were courageous, dedicated, responsible people. They had to be, to keep the lights going when things got rough.  Mariners depended on them and they were not disappointed!

As a sailor, I’m grateful for their many contributions that helped keep us safe on the water!

Alfred La Banca  Sailor/Artist   Darien, CT


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