Historic Lake Michigan Light Tower Destroyed By Huge Waves

Huge waves tear historic Lake Michigan light beacon off base, tossing it in water

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The South Pier Light Navigational Beacon, which has beckoned boaters near the Manitowoc Harbor for decades, is no more, according to news reports and social media posts

The 20-foot tall, fiberglass tower fell into Lake Michigan around 8:30 Monday morning, MLive.com reported, after it was bashed repeatedly by massive surf.


Another nearby structure, the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse, is still standing.

Lake Michigan was under a gale warning Monday with forecasts for 12 to 15-foot waves and 50 mph wind gusts when the beacon was demolished by the rough lake.

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MLive reported that the Coast Guard will search for the beacon and is planning to replace it because it’s needed for navigation on Lake Michigan.


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