DVD - Offshore Outposts


DVD - Offshore Outposts


DVD - 60 min. with special bonus features.

Explore the Great Lakes' most remote lighthouses and hear from the men who were stationed there.

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What is it like to live and work on a remote lighthouse?  Many of these sentinels are located far from civilization, built on islands and offshore reefs.

With a focus on five offshore lights, host Ric Mixter shares the story of Dick Campbell, the son of a lighthouse keeper who lived on Grassy Island (Detroit), Mackinaw Point, and Huron Island. Located several miles off L’Anse, Huron Island was the playground for Campbell and today is protected as a bird sanctuary. Dick returned to his old summer home in 2010 and he explains the difficulties of living on a granite island so far from the mainland.

Located 50 miles north of Marquette, Stannard Rock is the most remote lighthouse on the lakes. In 1961, Roy Daniels was severely injured when a mysterious explosion killed the lighthouse keeper. Offshore Outposts unveils the reason for the tragic accident with an exclusive interview with Daniels and video of how the light looks today. 

Offshore Outposts also shares the extreme difficulty in restoring these obsolete lighthouses, featuring the million-dollar renovation at DeTour. This light contains a tower much like that at Whitefish Point, now housed in an art-deco façade located at the mouth of the St Mary’s River. 

The work of dozens of Boy Scouts is also highlighted, repairing the St Helena lighthouse near the Mackinac Bridge. 

Ric also will feature a new lease on life for the lights, now used as high-tech scientific monitoring posts by researchers from Canada and the United States. Spectacle Reef, known as one of the most remote lighthouses on Lake Huron, is featured as one of these 100 year old laboratories.

The stories of nine different shipwrecks are also featured. 

60 Minutes with special features.