Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society


Lanterns and Lifeboats Book


"Magnificent desolation," That is how early settlers described Thunder Bay Island. Those who visit the island today are captivated by its remarkable features, among which are:

* The second oldest lighthouse still standing on Lake Huron.

* A lifesaving station whose dedicated crews assisted in the   rescue of over 1,000 lives.
* A coast littered with the remains of ill-fated shipwrecks.

* A fishing colony that was home to Alpena’s earliest settlers.

* Legends of ghosts and mysterious currents that drew ships to their destruction.

* Rocks carved with the names of those who served at the island.

* Rare plant and animal life drawn to its unique "alvar" ecosystem.

These are a few of the compelling stories told in Lanterns and Lifeboats, researched and written by Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society Historian Steve Tongue.

Beginning with the voyage of the Griffin in 1679, Thunder Bay Island has provided shelter along Huron’s "rock-bound shore," and its story mirrors our rich Great Lakes maritime heritage. Lanterns and Lifeboats connects the history "above the water line" with the Thunder Bay National Maritime Sanctuary’s latest effort to preserve and interpret the bay’s fascinating underwater archeology.

Featuring many rare historic photographs and original artworks, all proceeds from the sale of this book are pledged towards the restoration the preservation of the islands structures.

Copies of Lanterns and Lifeboats may be ordered directly from the Society at a cost of $14.95, exclusive of shipping charges.

Simply click the button to open an order form which can easily be printed, and sent to the Society along with your payment. Remember – all profits from the sale of the book go directly towards the restoration of the remaining historic structures on the island.

Publication of Lanterns and Lifeboats was made possible with funding from:

Community Foundation of N.E. Michigan
The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs
The Cheboygan Area Arts Council
The Michigan Humanities Council
Wal-Mart Corporation.

Lanterns and Lifeboats Order Form

Simply print this form, complete all sections, and mail it with your personal check or money order to:

Book Committee

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

PO Box 212

Alpena MI  49707-0212


Please put a check mark to the left of the number of books you wish to purchase.  

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Revised: June 2017