Coast Guard seeks public comments on lens removal from 3 Great Lakes lighthouses

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CLEVELAND – To facilitate public participation, the Coast Guard is inviting the public to comment on the replacement of the Fresnel lens with a LED lantern in three lighthouse on the great lakes.

The three lights being considered for changes are:

  • Port Sanilac Light in Port Sanilac, Michigan
  • Plum Island Range Real Light in Plum Island, Wisconsin
  • St. James Light in James Harbor, Michigan

The Coast Guard is proposing to remove the Fourth Order Classical Fresnel lens and replace it with a modern LED (light emitting diode) lantern.

The Fourth Order Classical lens was originally installed in lighthouses in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The lighthouses were manned by lighthouse keepers and the lenses were well taken care of. The lens would be cleaned daily and covered with a light cloth during daylight hours to prevent damage from the suns ultraviolet rays.

Now that lighthouses are automated and no longer manned, the Coast Guard is removing these lenses to preserve them as part of national history. The lens will be loaned to a local museum for public display.

Comments about the lens removal can be addressed within 30 days of this notice to Mr. Wayne Kean, U. S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit, Cleveland, Ohio 216-902-6258 or Wayne.E.Kean@uscg.mil

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