50ºF

VIDEO: High winds, waves knock lighthouse into Lake Michigan

The light tower of the Manitowoc South Pier Light has washed into Lake Michigan Jan. 7, 2019. (Video submitted by Catherine Egger/NBC 25)

A lighthouse was swept away by high winds and waves on Lake Michigan on Monday.

NBC 25 reports the South Pier Light's 20-foot-tall fiberglass tower, on the south side of the Manitowoc Breakwater Light in Wisconsin, fell into the lake around 8:30 a.m. All that is left is the concrete base.

A photo taken by Ann Barbeau shows the light being hit by waves before washing away:

The Manitowoc Breakwater Light, located at the mouth of the Manitowoc River, is a 52 foot steel tower set upon a 22 foot by 48 foot concrete base. The present light was built in 1918, replacing earlier lights built in 1840 and 1895. 

 


About the Author: