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Grand Haven South Pierhead (Inner Light) postcard face - click to enlarge

Grand Haven South Pierhead (Inner Light) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Grand Haven South Pierhead (Inner Light)

State: MI
Year established: 1839
Latitude: 43 deg 3 min 25 sec N
Longitude: 86 deg 15 min 14 sec W
Height above sea level: 52 feet

Original construction:
Grand River Light on the south side of the river.

1871: a red tower was placed at the end of the south pier to display a pierhead signal
1905: current 51-foot red cylindrical cast-iron tower

automated in 1969; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Occulting red every 4 seconds (alternating 2 seconds red and 2 seconds dark) visible for 4 nautical miles; fog signal (separate building at outer light) 2 blasts every 30 seconds

Information for this light was also provided by Jeanette Weiden, Assistant Curator of Collections for the Tri-Cities Historical Museum

More information:
Hyde, Charles K., The Northern Lights Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1995), pp. 123-124
Roberts, Bruce and Jones, Ray, Great Lakes Lighthouses Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, (Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1994) p. 74
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 132
U.S. Lighthouse Board, List of Lights, Buoys, and Daymarks of the United States on the Northern Lakes and Rivers, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1898 &1908)