At the time the Fourteen Foot Shoal Lighthouse was constructed in 1929 it was never intended to be occupied by a keeper. The lighthouse sits offshore from Cheboygan in Lake Huron. It marks a shallow spot that is, you guessed it, fourteen-foot deep. The light was to be remotely operated by radio from the nearby Poe Reef Lighthouse.
In 2012 the lighthouse was made available to government agencies or non-profit organizations for preservation. Because no group came forward to maintain the old beacon it was sold at auction in September of 2012 for $133,000. I am not sure what the owners of the lighthouse plan to do with it but many cormorants have taken up residency on the one remotely operated lighthouse. The large black fish-eating birds have built nests on several of the lighthouses in the straits and their feces are extremely destructive to the concrete and paint of the lighthouses.
If you want to see the 14 foot shoal lighthouse Nautical North Family Adventures sails past it on their shipwreck cruise. you can learn more about it on my post HERE
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