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MANITOWOC BREAKWATER LIGHT

State: WISCONSIN
Location: LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: MANITOWOC
County: MANITOWOC
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1895


Manitowoc Breakwater Light
HABS/HAER photo by Charles Hyde, 1979
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1918
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1971
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE PIER
  • Construction Materials: STEEL FRAME
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: CYLINDRICAL ON SQUARE HOUSE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 40
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1918
  • Present Optic: UNKNOWN
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 52
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ON LOAN FROM THE USCG TO THE WISCONSIN MARITIME MUSEUM
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1840/1850
  • Description: BRICK STRUCTURE AT MOUTH OF MANITOWOC RIVER (1840) AND WOODEN PYRAMIDAL TOWER AT OUTER END OF PIER (1850) Fate/Disposition: 1840 TOWER DEMOLISHED AND REPLACED 1895; PIERHEAD LIGHT DESTROYED IN 1937 STORM AND REPLACED WITH SKELETAL TOWER
  • 2. Construction Date: 1895
  • Description: WOODEN STRUCTURE COVERED WITH CORRUGATED IRON ON OUTER NORTH BREAKWATER
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1895
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL
  • Fog Signal Type: DIAPHONE
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1918
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: STEEL
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: NONE; Reference # 0
Name of Listing:
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1985

Miscellaneous:
HAD A COMPANION ACETYLENE LIGHT ON SOUTH BREAKWATER



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