Port Huron in St. Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Commissioned in 1921, the Huron began service as a relief vessel for other Great Lakes lightships. She is ninety-seven feet long, twenty-four feet in beam, and carried a crew of eleven. On clear nights her beacon could be seen for fourteen miles. After serving in northern Lake Michigan, the Huron was assigned to the Corsica Shoals in 1935. These shallow waters, six miles north of Port Huron, were the scene of frequent groundings by lake freighters in the late nineteenth century. A lightship station had been established there in 1893, since the manned ships were more reliable than lighted buoys. After 1940 the Huron was the only lightship on the Great Lakes. Retired from Coast Guard Service in 1970, she was presented to the City of Port Huron in 1971.
Erected 1973 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S0404.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
Location. 42° 59.364′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jefferson Sheldon House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Gratiot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Earl Campbell (approx. 0.6 miles away in Canada); Thomas Alva Edison (approx. one kilometer away); Underground Railroad (approx. one kilometer away); Edison Homesite (approx. one kilometer away); Wilderness Outpost (approx. one kilometer away); Making Tracks (approx. one kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
Also see . . .
1. United States lightship Huron (LV-103). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on June 3, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Huron Lightship Museum website. Port Huron Museums website entry (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Huron Lightship
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 630 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 17, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. 2, 3. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 4, 5. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 6. submitted on June 3, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 7. submitted on December 17, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.