After returning from the Duluth Tall Ships festival we needed to take the Egress out for test run.
We decided to head for Chequamegon Point Light House, we hoisted the sails but the wind was so light and variable that we quickly doused them and motored slowly to get a good view of the Chequamegon Point Light House. We put together a brief video of our slow roll. You can view it below.
Three lighthouses have graced Long Island. Though once an Island, Long Island is now part of a peninsula that stretches nearly eight miles out into Lake Superior, creating a natural breakwater for Chequamegon Bay.
The first LaPointe Light was constructed about one-quarter mile from the islands western tip. It was originally intended to guide ships to the old fur trade settlement of LaPointe on nearby Madeline Island. The first lighthouse was hastily erected in 1858 when it was found that the original lighthouse intended for Long Island had been placed on Michigan Island by mistake. After the focus of shipping had shifted from LaPointe to the bustling industrial port of Ashland located in Chequamegon Bay, authorities installed a steam powered fog signal and replaced the old lighthouse with two new towers spaced one mile apart. These two new lighthouse were built in 1897. Both Lighthouses were fully automated in 1964.
Of the three historic Lighthouses only one remains in use today. You can read more about the history of these Lighthouses at the links below.