Coast Guard plans lens removal from Tawas Point lighthouse

Oct 31, 2015

EAST TAWAS, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to shut down a Lake Huron navigational aid in East Tawas.

In operation since 1876, Tawas Point Lighthouse is a fascinating attraction for maritime buffs. Tawas Point is a destination for birdwatchers; it also offers spectacular views of sunrises over Lake Huron and sunsets over Tawas Bay.
Credit michigan.gov

  The light is mounted in the Tawas Point Lighthouse. The Coast Guard says it will replace the classical Fresnel lens with a modern optic light signal that will be placed on the Tawas Point tower, which also supports a fog signal.

  The lens will be removed.

  Such lenses were installed in lighthouses in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

  Now that lighthouses are automated and no longer manned, the Coast Guard is removing the lenses and loaning them to museums for display.