Ile Aux Galets (Skillagalee) Light

1850

LAKE MICHIGAN LIGHTS

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This light was established at Ile aux Galets which means "Island of Pebbles". In most books and in the Lighthouse Board Light Lists it has been called Skillagalee, but the United States Coast Guard Great Lakes Light Lists have always called it Ile Aux Galets (#17795 in the 2000 light list).

LOCATION: On Ile aux Galets Rock, 11 mi. SW of Waugoshance Light and 8 mi. from mainland, NE end of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1888

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: 1969 --- all other buildings on island were demolished

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Stone

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Brick

TOWER SHAPE: Octagonal --- 58ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: White with black lantern

ORIGINAL LENS: Original lens atop the keeper's dwelling was a Fifth Order, Fresnel (U.S. Lighthouse Board Light List, 1858) / tower ---Third Order, Fresnel 1868 and then Fourth Order, Fresnel 1886 / tower currently has a 300mm lens

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: The tower is identical to that of Port Sanilac Light. The light has a varying land base due to the water level of Lake Michigan which has caused constant erosion problems for this vital station. But despite problems in protecting the structures here, this station has stood its ground for over 150 years, testifying to its true strength and durability.