Our GLLKA Adventure!

Our GLLKA Adventure!

We loved our Green Bay and Northern Lake Michigan lighthouse cruise. I would like to recommend that you join the Great Lakes Lighthouse keepers Association (GLLKA), if you have any interest in this sort of thing. It is a wonderful organization dedicated to preserving old lighthouses for future generations to see and appreciate.

Now days lighthouses are automated, but they had to be hand-tended when they were built in the late 1800’s. The life a of lighthouse keeper was often a very isolated, arduous, and sometimes dangerous. But the lighthouses and their keepers were essential to provide safe navigation on the Great Lakes for the ships that moved the materials needed to build this great nation of ours. Many of these lighthouses are still essential to safe navigation of the Great Lakes.

Thanks to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, we cruised 450 nautical miles, saw 33 lighthouses and other navigational aids. We also crossed over the resting place of the Carl D. Bradley, lost in 1958 with 32 crew members, when she went down between Plum and Beaver Island in Northern Lake Michigan. When we passed over the grave of Bradley, the waters were like a mill-pond. The night she was broken in half and sunk the winds were at a gale force of 65 mph, it was very cold and the lake was a maelstrom of huge waves.

Watch this short video about the sinking of the Carl D. Bradley on Nov. 18, 1958.


Read about the details of the tragic wreak of the Carl D. Bradley


I hope you will consider visiting the website of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Perhaps you will consider joining and going on one of their great lighthouse cruise adventures!


God Bless,

Tom Mawhinney

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