2009-08-08 / Top News

Round Island Passage Light Painting Nears Completion

After three weeks, painting is nearing completion at Round Island Passage Light early Tuesday morning, August 4. Painters work to remove scaffolding as the freight boat Mackinac Islander moors at the beacon to collect job site material. Fresh white and red paint replaces the weatherbeaten grime and rust that had dulled the concrete and metal navigational light. Four bronze images of a Native American are visible near the top of the beacon. The heads are identical and generic, said Dick Moehl of Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. The painting was contracted through the U.S. Coast Guard and the job was awarded to A.C.E. Coatings Unlimited of Oregon. The 1947 passageway light replaced Round Island Lighthouse, which was taken out of service that year.

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