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Louis Bauchan, last of his line, is honored.

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Louis Bauchan, one of the last surviving keepers of the United States Lighthouse Service, was recently honored at the Christening and Launch Ceremonies of the USCG Cutter Hollyhock in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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During the pre launch breakfast ceremony, a request was made for all uniformed personnel to pose for a photograph with Louis. Included with the group photo were five Coast Guard Admirals!

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Bauchan, now 91, served at a number of Great Lakes Lighthouses and kept an amazing photo journal of his years in the Lighthouse Service. That photo journal is now one of the most important historical documents of lighthouse living on the Great Lakes.

This honor bestowed upon Bauchan by the Coast Guard and Marinette Marine couldn’t have happened to a nicer man.

This story appeared in the April 2003 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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