Monday, July 30, 2012

The easy way to move heavy batteries

When the Coast Guard had two huge wet cell batteries to install at the Huron Island light station in 2006, the National Guard's offer to transport them to the island by Helicopter was doubtless welcome news. It eliminated the need to lug them up the 3/4 mile long trail from the boathouse to the lighthouse which sits atop a 150 foot cliff at the center of the island.

The Helos heading toward the lighthouse

One Helo prepares to lower the batteries

The batteries dropped, the Helos head back to the mainland
The heavy batteries in place within the dwelling
Without the help of the Helos,the crew would have had to carry the batteries up these steps, but one of the many
obstacles encountered along the trail from the dock to the lighthouse.

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