A morning tradition, I've been told, walking out to the north pierhead light to wave farewell to the passengers on the S.S. Badger. I'm also aware of the evening tradition of welcoming the ferry back to Ludington.
Morning in Ludington, Michigan was quiet, laid -back, and peaceful, broken only by the horn of the Badger as it left port. I can only imagine how it appeared in the early 1900's, with scores of vessels moving in and out of port on Lake Michigan. Now, it seems, the lake is host mainly to pleasure boaters; the commercial vessels are few and far between.
The lighthouse is tilted about 7 degrees from vertical - a nightmare for photographers. Either the horizon is level or the lighthouse is straight, can't have both. This occurred during the pier restoration a few years back, when too much material was removed from the base of the pier. The tilt was not corrected, but it was reinforced to prevent further movement.
Posted by Tom Gill at Monday, July 29, 2013