2017-10-05 / Life in Leelanau

Finding, flipping on the lights to the Crib

Have you ever had the lights go out, then couldn’t find the fuse box?

Imagine trying to find a switch along miles of shoreline that is now part of a national park.

The folks who are restoring the Crib shoal marker in the Manitou Passage knew that an underwater cable had been laid on the Lake Michigan bottomlands to the Crib. But they didn’t know where the line came from.

That was just the sort of mystery that retired pilot Roland Schultz enjoys tackling.

Schultz scoured the shoreline, eventually finding an abandoned electric meter. Consumers Energy personnel wanted an address for the property it served — but of course, there is no addresses for a concrete bunker built on a shoal miles from shore.

Eventually Schultz discovered that the meter was, indeed, linked to property owned by the federal government. It’s believed the line did serve the Crib, which at one time was inhabited by a Coast Guard crew.

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