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U.S. Coast Guard in Schoolhouse Bay

November 9, 2004



Shortly before going to bed last night, I was surprised to see four bright orange lights out on the water in Schoolhouse Bay. All that I could see was that it was a big ship, but it was impossible to see what kind of ship.


Well, it was still there this morning, and turned out to be the U.S. Coast Guard ship that comes by every fall to take out all the big channel buoys in the lake. With my binoculars, I could even see one of the big green can buoys on board. It's visible in 2nd and 4th pictures to the left of the crane. The boat stayed the night and left right around sunrise. The first morning stop today was the East Point (Lucy's Point) buoy.


The first image is a sunrise panorama, taken at 7:01 AM, showing the ship on the left just after it started to leave. The last two images are lightened to show the ship more clearly. Because of the poor lighting, the digital film speed was pushed to 800 to take these pictures.





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