THE LIGHTHOUSE DEPARTMENT - IMPROVEMENTS TO BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR IN THE TENTH AND ELEVENTH DISTRICTS.
- We present below a complete resume of the lighthouse improvements that will be made during the coming season under the direction of Gen. W. F. Reynolds, superintendent of lake survey, and engineer of the tenth and eleventh lighthouse districts, with the aid of his assistant, Col. A. Lederle, superintendent of construction. It will be perceived that the improvements are all of an important character.
A pier of protection is to be constructed for Horseshoe Reef beacon, near Buffalo, to secure the foundation of the present stone pier, which has become undermined by the action of ice.
The lighthouse tower at West Sister Island is to be renovated and supplied with a lantern of modern design. A new dwelling is also to be erected.
Three sets of ranges are to be constructed to guide through the intricate channel of Maumee bay and river.
A new lighthouse will be constructed at Sturgeon Point, between Thunder Bay light and Tower's light. This will be an important coast light for vessels.
The Thunder Bay light is to have a new dwelling for the keeper.
Gen. Reynolds proposes to discontinue the present light-house at Presque Isle, and erect, in lieu thereof - first, ranges to enter Presque Isle harbor, so as to make this important harbor of refuge accessible at all times. Secondly, to erect on the most northerly point of Presque Isle a coast light which will be visible to vessels coming from the north as well as from the south. Every sailor knows that the present Presque Isle light is insufficient to guide vessels into the harbor, and as a coast light, it cannot be seen by vessels coming from the north until they are almost abreast of it.
The long hoped-for light-house at McGulpin's Point (old Mackinac) will be built during the present season if the patent can be procured from the State authorities in time. As this is so important a matter, it is hoped that there will be no unnecessary delay at Lansing.
The new light-house at Skillagalee is to be completed this spring, and supplied with a powerful apparatus.
A light-house will probably be built at the mouth of Manistee River, and one at Southport.
Gen. Reynolds has proposed to discontinue the present light-house at Bailey's harbor, Lake Michigan, and to construct in lieu thereof, ranges to enable vessels to enter that harbor with more safety than at present.
The light-house towers at Grand Haven, and the main light station at North Point, near Milwaukee, are to be supplied with new lanterns.
An item is now in the General Appropriation bill before Congress for an appropriation for a light-house on Cana Island, between Bailey's harbor and North Bay. This is to take the place of Bailey's harbor light as a coast light. Rangers are also to be constructed for entering North Bay.
A light house will be constructed at Eagle Bluff, in Green Bay, to guide vessels through the east channel, and a light will be erected on Chambers Island to guide vessels through the west channel, which is the one most used.
Rangers will be constructed during the present season to enter Grand Island harbor, Lake Superior, by both east and west channel. This immediate locality is growing in importance in a commercial point of view, and the improvement will be of great value to steamers and vessels.
A new light-house is to be constructed on Granite Island, twelve miles from Marquette, provided the patent to the land can be obtained in time from the State authorities.
A light-house is to be constructed on West Huron Island.
Ranges are to be constructed to guide into Portage entry.
A day beacon of stone, with a wrought-iron shaft in the center, surrounded by an iron cage, will be erected on Stannard's rock, twenty-three miles S. E. by E. of Manitou light. The rock has always been greatly dreaded by navigators, and the improvement will be of great benefit. - [Chicago Times.