Marquette Breakwater Outer Light

1875

LAKE SUPERIOR LIGHTS

USCG PHOTO

LIGHTHOUSES OF MICHIGAN

Most pier lighthouses had catwalks, but the designers of this station decided to build a tunnel from the shore down the length of the pier to the inside of the lighthouse.  (When the pier was extended, the tunnel was not and has since been sealed-up.)

LOCATION: Outer end of breakwater, S side of Lake Superior

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1908

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: Yes

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Stone Pier / Concrete Base

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Iron

TOWER SHAPE: Square skeleton tower with cylindrical watchroom

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Brown --- 36 ft. tall

ORIGINAL LENS: Sixth Order, Fresnel (1893 Light List)

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: The Fourth Order, Fresnel lens that is now in this station consists of three panels which create an arc of illumination of about 270 degrees to prevent the light from being seen in Marquette.