Friday evening, we took all of our supplies and material down to the dock in
preparation for loading the following morning..
7:30 AM on Saturday our dauntless team of twelve met at our property in the UP and
loaded our faithful Zodiacs MARIGOLD (top) & AMARANTH (bottom) on the trailer.
|MARIGOLD and AMARANTH strapped in and ready for their ride to the waterfront.|
The Zodiacs are lifted from the trailer and given their first bath of the 2014 season
|The trusty 9.9 Horsepower Honda four strokes are installed on the transoms|
|With their engines quietly purring in neutral (two pulls for AMARANTH and three for MARIGOLD) the boats are loaded with supplies needed by the four person advance party|
|MARIGOLD, with Pan Godchaux and Ric Mixter aboard heads out on the two mile trip to|
St,. Helena Island as MaryAnn Moore and Marie Koch prepare to follow in AMARANTH..
|After driving back across the Mackinac Bridge to Mackinaw City, the eight of us were|
elated to find all of our supplies and material still in place on the dock.
We immediately began loading all our equipment and supplies onto UGLY ANNE.
Here Jim Koch hands one of the main dock support beams for our new roll-in dock
to Margaret Brown on board the boat.
|Captain Chris West (blue sweatshirt) supervised and assisted Anette Brown (yellow shirt)|
and Bob Brunais (in shorts) to ensure that the load was distributed so as to maintain
an even keel for our eight mile run out to St. Helena Island.
|Captain Chris, Margaret and Bob receive one of the four sections of scaffolding and|
place it in the center of the aft deck.
|The loading process is almost complete, we are almost ready to head out. Almost 40|
years young, UGLY ANNE is a retired wooden hulled Maine lobster boat and is
Coast Guard certified to carry 39 passengers.
|With the personal gear for our entire 12 member team aboard we are finally ready to cast off|
a little after 10:30 AM.
|10:30 AM and we pass the retired Icebreaker MACKINAW WAGB 83 as we depart|
Mackinaw City. The vessel now serves as one of the nation's premiere maritime
museums and is well worth a visit.
Sue Brunais takes advantage of the opportunity to get some unique photographs as we
pass beneath the mighty Mackinac Bridge on a beautiful final day of May. It was difficult
to realize that the area was still largely packed with ice just a month ago.
|Saint Helena Island light station off the port bow!|
|In succession, the Zodiacs pulled up alongside us and we transferred all of the equipment|
and supplies. with each run, we sent another of our of our team members, eventually
leaving only two of us and the crew to be delivered to shore.
After three round trips of both Zodiacs all the material and supplies had been transferred to the island and lined up along the dock for distribution to its final point of use.It was great to be back home at the light station for another season.
|With our motivated twelve person team, it didn't take long for everything to be removed|
from the dock and transported to its proper location , and we headed for the lighthouse
Back outside the lighthouse, we noticed that a huge volume of the midges were using
the tower to find shelter from the light breeze, creating the ugly black splotch seen
here on the right side of the tower.
|After Lunch, we took the crew of the UGLY ANNE back out to their boat......|
|...and we watched them as they made their way back to the Mackinac Bridge and home|
Bob Brunais and Margaret Brown hauled the new pole to the gallery.....
|... Secured the pole to the railing with sturdy stainless steel U-bolts .....|
|.... and Old Glory was once again proudly flying over the St. Helena Island light station|