Michael K. Allen is an accomplished song writer and entertainer. Michael K.
Allen is also ex Coast Guard. Michael K. Allen is also a guardian of our Coast
Guard History. He brings to The Lightship Sailors Association a whole new side
of our history.
WELCOME Him into the Brotherhood!
Light Station Frying Pan Shoals is one of only seven Texas Towers
that were erected and placed into service.
miles SE of the mouth of the Cape Fear River, off the North
Carolina coast, she is a lone sentinel standing watch over the
1854-1964, except for a few years during the Civil War and World
War II, there was a Lightship stationed at the end of the shoal to
warn ships of the shallows that stretched from there to the point
off Bald Head Island. After years of treacherous duty, the
lightships were retired and replaced with this tower.
determined later that it woud be better if the tower were left to
be run by computers. Michael was fortunate enough to be part of
the next to the last manned crew aboard Frying Pan Light.
times during severe weather that the crew aboard the tower could
hear a call for help from some vessel in distress. Though not able
to actually render assistance, the crew could relay the message to
shore units to initiate a response for assistance.
crew was removed from Frying Pan Light, it was as if the very soul
of the tower was dissolved. These thoughts prompted Michael to
write "The Lady"...the story of the transition from the lightship
to the tower to the ultimate unmanned automation of the tower. In
an odd prophetic way, 25 years after this song was written, it has
been determined that the tower is to be removed.
First for your listening pleasure we offer you a chance to hear one of the songs
he wrote and sings here. It is called;
turn up the sound on your computer and GO TO THE NEXT page to hear the song and
read the words to it as you go along.
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