The Waugoshance Lightship

THE WAUGOSHANCE LIGHTSHIP
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

The story of the Waugoshance Lightship.

The Waugoshance Lightship, which is located in Lake Michigan, has many different stories attached to it but they all have to do with some type of haunting that are regular occurrences there. Different people have different accounts about the spirits behind the mysterious noises that can often be heard in and around the lightship but one unarguable fact is that there is definitely something, or someone, there that can’t seem to let go of the lightship.

The lightship was built in the 19th century and is much like the lighthouses that can be seen today, with a tall tower and a small pier at the bottom. The lighthouse would be manned by a Captain who was paid a great sum of money to take care of the lightship and warn ships of rocks, fog, high winds, and also guide them by light and take them to dock. Captain James Davenport was one such hired hand for the lightship and one story tells a tale of a Chicago fire that had been blown onto the lake, causing severe fog.

Seven ships ran into trouble while at sea during this terrible fog and one particular ship was known to have been abandoned by its crew, who swam to shore and lived for three days off of their bean supply that they had brought with them. Some say that Captain Davenport sat in the lightship for three days and played the violin so that they would have background music to occupy themselves with and it’s thought that this violin playing can still be heard in that area of Lake Michigan today.

Others say that the noises that are heard are actually the pots and pans that Captain Davenport used to keep himself awake during the long nights. Story has it that he would place these pots and pans on his lap and if he fell asleep, they would fall with a great racket to the floor, waking him up. There’s no doubt that whichever story you believe, there are certainly noises here that are much more than just the crash of the waves.


The Waugoshance Lightship

The Waugoshance Lightship

The Waugoshance Lightship

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