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Beyond Milwaukee: The Christmas tree ships

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Beyond Milwaukee: The Christmas tree ships
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Gregg Hoffmann, Beyond Milwaukee

This time of the year, you can see truckloads of Christmas trees heading south from the Northwoods to Milwaukee, Chicago and other markets.

But, at one time in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the most popular modes of transportation for those trees were schooners.

More than 50 Christmas tree schooners have been documented on the Great Lakes alone. And, the practice of hauling trees via boat was not exclusive to the lakes. Schooners often carried trees to markets throughout the Northeast, and there's at least one account of a ship taking refrigerated trees to Hawaii.   more...

 



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Maritime Museum Acquires Tall Ship Watercolors

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South Haven, MI —The Michigan Maritime Museum recently acquired four original watercolors painted by noted maritime artist and historian Peter Rindlisbacher of Amherstburg, Ontario in Canada. The paintings are renderings of the Museum’s historic replica tall ship, Friends Good Will.

The artist visited the Michigan Maritime Museum in early September. “Sailing on Friends Good Will inspired me to capture her magnificent beauty on canvas,” states Rindlisbacher. “The ship is a link to the past and these paintings take her back to that time to illustrate her history,” he adds. The renderings of the 1810 sloop turned man-o-war portray several significant glimpses in her history:

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Vision reaps a windfall

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The Buffalo News - By SHARON LINSTEDT and JERRY ZREMSKI


About $279 million is headed to Erie County's long-
neglected waterfront, and planners and politicians say that's just the beginning.

The hydropower settlement will likely draw huge new private investments to Buffalo's waterfront, along with more government money, they said.

"This takes us from the dream stage to the reality stage," said Anthony Gioia, chairman of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., which is charged with remaking Buffalo inner and outer harbors. "We can acquire property and make it more attractive for private developers to take over."

About $65 million of the hydropower money is likely to arrive as soon as next year, meaning work can begin quickly.    more...

 



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EDITORIAL: Don't deep-six Great Lakes shipping over nonnative species

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The Northwest Indiana Times

One way to fight the invasion of zebra mussels and other nonnative species on the Great Lakes would be to stop allowing oceangoing vessels to dock here.

Then again, one way to address ingrown toenails would be to amputate the toe.

Those ships are an important aspect of the nation's transportation network, and particularly that of the region.

Eliminating ocean shipping on the Great Lakes could increase transportation costs by 5.4 percent, according to the authors of a study presented last week at the Shedd Aquarium.   more...


 



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Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

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Leading the effort to protect and restore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from such threats is the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The Friends’ mission is to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the BWCAW and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.    more...

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Aboard the Christmas Tree Ship

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BY PAT KROCHMAL - Pioneer Press Online

Once upon a time, Des Plaines Terrace School fourth-graders went all the way down to Chicago's Navy Pier to greet the legendary Christmas Tree Ship.

Even before they made the journey, the 40 students learned they were to become part of an age-old Chicago tradition. They would duplicate the trip that children made years ago to the lakefront to get trees from the very first Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons.

This was no fairy tale, however, and the children reveled in the chance Friday to be the only ones in the Chicago area lucky enough to tour the ship. The reason why they were selected for their visit, however, is unknown.

According to Terrace Principal Nancy Bang, the answer to that question is her "little secret."

"I loved the idea right away, because the ship was bringing Christmas trees for kids who might not have any if it didn't," said Soula Manokas, 9. "The ship started out with 2,000. It dropped some trees off along the way, but still had about 1,200 for the kids here."    more...

 



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The St. Joseph River Yacht Club

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The St. Joseph River Yacht Club first met on May 20, 1913, and has been in continuous operation ever since. After WW1 a clubhouse was built on the St. Joseph River at the East Basin. In 1948 the Club’s location was needed by the City to make way for the new Blossomland Bridge. At that time the Club purchased a Ridgeway home which served as a clubhouse through the Y2002 season. A pool was added in 1962. In the new millennium, it was apparent the old building, the carriage house, and the pool were all in need of prohibitively expensive renovation. Through the efforts of many Members, the Club was able to trade its property for the completely renovated Lighthouse Depot in early Y2003. At last the Club was back on the river, very close to where it started, and with a brand new pool.

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Road signs remind residents of waterways

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BY JIM BLOCH


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Idea floated for swap of ships' bells

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Wilkes-Barre Times Leader -

Mac McAdams swears he's not trying to create hostile relations between Ohio and Pennsylvania maritime enthusiasts.

The Great Lakes Maritime Institute volunteer just wants maritime artifacts to end up where they're best suited, he said.

And at the same time, he wants his organization, which supports the Detroit Dossin Great Lakes Museum, to make some money.

So he's proposing that the Erie Maritime Museum make a bid for the 600-pound bell from the ship named the City of Cleveland III. The Great Lakes Maritime Institute is auctioning the bell Saturday. The bidding will start at $2,000.   more...

 



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Stay off water, boaters urged

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The London Free Press -  By RANDY RICHMOND

Cold can kill in ways even experienced boaters can't imagine.

That makes it easy for the commander of London's Power and Sail Squadron to offer blunt advice to boaters.

"It is not safe to be on the water this time of the year," Paul Neve said yesterday as the search continued for three boaters who went missing Sunday after leaving Port Bruce.

Even pulling a boat out of the water can be dangerous, he said."Do not go out on the water."   more...

 



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Museum planned for old boathouse

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By GARRETT NEESE, Houghton Mining Gazette

EAGLE HARBOR - The former home of the men who patrolled the turbulent waters of Lake Superior will be converted into a permanent memorial to their work.

The Keweenaw County Historical Society is creating a museum dedicated to the United States Life Saving Service, as well as its successor, the U.S. Coast Guard. It is planned to open in 2008.

It will be located in the boathouse of the former Eagle Harbor Station - the last vestige of the former Coast Guard site that closed in 1954.   more...

 



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Maritime Museum Acquires Tall Ship Watercolors

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South Haven, MI —The Michigan Maritime Museum recently acquired four original watercolors painted by noted maritime artist and historian Peter Rindlisbacher of Amherstburg, Ontario in Canada. The paintings are renderings of the Museum’s historic replica tall ship, Friends Good Will.

The artist visited the Michigan Maritime Museum in early September. “Sailing on Friends Good Will inspired me to capture her magnificent beauty on canvas,” states Rindlisbacher. “The ship is a link to the past and these paintings take her back to that time to illustrate her history,” he adds. The renderings of the 1810 sloop turned man-o-war portray several significant glimpses in her history: “Friends Good Will off Detroit” illustrates her as a merchant vessel before she was caught up in the War of 1812. “Arrival at Fort Mackinac” depicts Friends Good Will approaching Mackinac Island prior to her British capture and subsequent renaming as Little Belt as a part of the Royal Navy. “Flight of the Little Belt” shows the aftermath of the Battle of Lake Erie which led to her re-capture by the American Navy. “Burning American Sloops at Black Rock” portrays the demise of Friends Good Will in flames in Buffalo.

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150 Scheduled to attend MBIA’s 2005 Recreational Boating Conference

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Livonia, MI -- Michigan Boating Industries Association’s (MBIA) annual Recreational Boating Educational Conference (RBEC) scheduled for December 7 – 9, 2005 at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites. The three-day educational conference attracts marine business representatives from around the state as well as Indiana, Ohio and Canada. The MBIA annual meeting is held during the conference, which includes election results for the year 2005 Michigan Boating Industries Association Board of Directors and appointment of year 2006 officers.

The conference is sponsored by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, a statewide trade association representing more than 385 marine businesses. More than 150 representatives are expected to participate.

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Rebuilding a rudder

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Rebuilding a rudder
By Barry Duke

What started out to be a relatively easy job of replacing the motor mounts and cutlass bearing on my 1983 Nelson/Marek 36 turned into building a complete new rudder. Once I removed the rudder, I had planned on fairing and applying a WEST SYSTEM® epoxy barrier coat. However, upon closer inspection, I noticed that the rudder appeared to be bent. At one of our Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association work nights, Joe Parker and other board members agreed, and we began to look for some evidence of a past impact causing the bend. None could be found.

My wife and I purchased the boat in 1994. Looking back, we realize that we always noticed that the boat sailed differently on opposite tacks. We just chalked this up to rig adjustment or sail trim, but always wondered about it. Now we know the cause.

Plan B-let's start over and rebuild
Once I removed all of the old foam core, Joe was able to straighten the post. Then I had to decide whether to build a blade from wood or go with foam. I chose foam, but then had to decide whether to shape it by hand or use technology. Joe did some searching and found North End Composites on the east coast who have the ability to CNC machine a perfect foil shape in two halves. So I took measurements to determine the proper foil shape and referred to Theory of Wing Sections by Abbot and Doenhoff to create the table of offsets necessary to machine the foam blade halves. I placed the order and soon had a perfect foil ready to be epoxied to the post.   more...

 



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Dunes, islands reminders of family of bears

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The other day a couple of friends and I were talking and the subject of the bear came up. As I was talking I remembered a story that grandfather told me.

As a young boy he lived in the Manistee area, and one of the “Wise Ones” told him the story. It is quite old, and it goes like this:

The time was long before any Europeans were here, when there were more animal brothers around than Indians. The animals got along better with each other because they had a mutual agreement that they wouldn't harm each other except when necessary.

It is said that at one time there were plenty of bears living in Wisconsin. One time there was a mother (Muckwa) bear and she had two cubs, so she had her hands full taking care of and raising them.   more...


 



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