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Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes - DVD

Everyone loves a good ghost story, and in its recently released documentary, Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, Southport Video Productions focuses on eleven eerie tales of the supernatural, all taking place in lighthouses.

These tall, isolated structures are natural settings for ghost stories. They are far removed from the rest of the population, their keepers could be both dedicated and eccentric, and maritime tales just seem to invite this kind of story. In Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, the tales involve keepers reluctant to leave their posts, the ghosts of people who died violent or tragic deaths, and even a playful kitten. These stories are told by maritime historians, and are augmented by colorful footage of the lighthouses and their surroundings.

Among these stories are:
  • The tale of the cigar-smoking ghost of the Seul Choix lighthouse, who amuses himself by pulling pranks on the lighthouse visitors;
  • An account of a ghost at Chambers Island lighthouse on Lake Michigan--a spirit finally released from his earth bond through prayers of a visiting nun;
  • The story of a murdered beermaker, who haunts his Gibralter lighthouse in Canada, still looking for his murderers;
  • The details behind a kindly ghost at Lake Superior's Split Rock lighthouse, who retrieved and returned the wallet that a tourist left behind; and
  • The incredible account of the diligent keeper of the Old Presque Isle lighthouse on Lake Huron, who continues to turn on the lights for passing ships, even though the wiring to the lamp has been removed.
"This production was a lot of fun to do," says Southport producer Mark Gumbinger who has previously issued four documentaries on Great Lakes lighthouses. "People seem to be captivated by lighthouses in general, and there seems to be a good ghost story behind every one. There is quite a variety of stories here."

This one hour documentary, featuring a wealth of rare photographs, live footage and interviews with twelve lighthouse historians, is an educational and entertaining program suitable for viewers of all ages.

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