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Little Sable postcard face - click to enlarge

Little Sable postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Little Sable

State: MI
Year established: 1874
Latitude: 43 deg 39 min 5 sec N
Longitude: 86 deg 32 min 22 sec W
Height above sea level: 108 feet

Original construction:
current 107-foot tall conical brick lighthouse

1900: tower painted white
1977: white paint removed to reduce maintenance costs

automated in 1955; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 6 seconds, visible for 17 nautical miles

More information:
Roberts, Bruce and Jones, Ray, Great Lakes Lighthouses Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, (Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1994) p. 86
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 134
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River above the St. Regis River, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 184