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Carferries Of Ludington: (MI) The Careferries of Ludington had its beginning in 1875 with the 175 foot long side-wheeler steamer John Sherman to shuttle grain, packaged freight and passengers between Ludington, Michigan and Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This website recites the historical lore of the Ludington-based fleet and now features the SS Badger christened at Ludington, Michigan in May 1992. It signaled a return of something that had been a colorful and interwoven part of Lake Michigan history for more than a century. The Lake Michigan car ferry was back.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse: (MI) Welcome to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse. A narrated cruise through Copper Harbor's once bustling port takes you to one of Michigan's oldest lighthouses. Restored to its original 1866 beauty overlooking the majesty of Lake Superior, you are met by a staff memeber from the Michigan Dept. of History who will assist you through the interior complete with furnishings from the 1866 era. Please allow one and a half hours for the round-trip tour of the Lighthouse, new Maritime Museum, with easy walking paths leading to more historical artifacts and Michigan's first commercial copper mine site. Ft. Wilkins State Park (Keweenaw County) This was the American frontier in the early 1800's, and briefly the site of this well preserved military outpost. Located near Copper Harbor, at the northern tip of the UP, open even in winter (good snowmobile trails). (906) 289-4215

DeTour Passage Historical Museum: (MI) The DeTour Passage Historical Museum features displays relating to early marine operations, social and governmental activities, pioneer families, Native American history, churches, schools, businesses, and life in the early years of the DeTour area. Prominent among the exhibits is the rare third order classic Fresnel lens which was removed from the DeTour Lighthouse some years ago.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: (MI) Come and visit the anchor of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, the pilot house from the S.S. William Clay Ford , and the exhibits of "Rumrunners", and the "Ship Model Gallery". Located on Belle Isle, Detroit's favorite picnic area, the Dossin is filled with ship models, paintings, and memorabilia chronicling the glorious history of the Great Lakes waterways.

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums: (MI) The red brick Eagle Harbor Light Station sits on the rocky entrance to the harbor and is a working lighthouse as it guides mariners across the northern edge of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The original lighthouse, built in 1851, was replaced in 1871. The octagonal brick light tower is ten feet in diameter, with walls 12 inches thick and it supports a 10-sided cast iron lantern. The Lighthouse was manned by a head keeper and two assistant keepers.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum: (MI) Marking the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at Northport, has guided sailors and their ships safely into the Manitou Passage, Straits of Mackinaw, and Grand Traverse Bay for nearly 150 years. Today, one can tour the restored lighthouse resembling a keeper's home of the 1920's and 30's. Exhibits on area lighthouses, foghorns, shipwrecks and local history are located in the Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building. The restored air-diaphone foghorn is demonstrated throughout the year, and visitors can climb the tower for a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.

Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum: (MI) Step back in time...and tour a WWII Submarine, LST, and Coast Guard Cutter. Berthed in Muskegon, Michigan at The Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum are The USS Silversides SS236, The USS LST 393, and The USCGC McLane W-146. This Historical Naval site also features a Maritime Museum and a Gift Shop. We hope as you tour our three WWII boats they will come alive for you and help you appreciate the Veterans who served our Country and preserved our freedom.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum: (MI) Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, opened in 1986 by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society dedicated to diving and research of shipwrecks on the Great Lakes including ships ranging from sailing schooners of the early 1800's to the Edmund Fitzgerald, the latest and largest shipwreck, which continues to fascinate residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula at Whitefish Point on Lake Superior.

Huron City Museums: (MI) A town that is a museum. Ten buildings, a Victorian Home and the US Life Saving Station and more.

Isle Royale National Park: (MI) At Isle Royale National Park there are historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites, excellent fishing, and plenty of spots to observe wildlife. Roadless Isle Royale is accessible only by boat or float plane. Isle Royale is relatively untouched by direct outside influences and serves as a living laboratory and Unites States Biosphere Reserve. Park office is located at Houghton, MI.

Keewatin Maritime Museum: (MI) The Steamship Keewatin, at Douglas, MI, was built for the Canadian Pacific Railway, in Scotland. Delivered to the Great Lakes in 1907, this lovely steamer was destined to make history. For over 50 years she served as a railway link, connecting the Georgian Bay and upper Lake Superior railheads. She is the last of the Classic Great Lakes Passenger Steamships still afloat.

Lake Michigan Car Ferries: (MI) Lake Michigan's railroad car ferries maintained a vital link across the big lake for nearly 100 years, beginning in 1892. As American railroads built westward, they eventually acquired trackage through the state of Michigan. With a width of 70-100 miles, the lake itself was an impediment preventing direct connections with the Twin Cities and other western industrial centers. All-rail routing around badly-congested Chicago was an unsatisfactory solution due to the long delays often encountered. Break-bulk passenger steamers provided the original ferry link, necessitating transshipment of cargo from the trains to the ship, and back from the ship to trains on the other side of the lake. It was to reduce the resulting expenditure in time and labor that the original cross-lake railroad car ferries were introduced.

Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum: (MI) In the 1920's O.M. Reif Boathouse at Cedarville, MI, the Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum displays of vintage boats, marine artifacts, antique outboard motors, historic photos of area boating, and a gift shop. Large addition including a boat building shop is under construction.

Madeline (replica schooner): (MI) The schooner Madelinele had a long and varied career on northern Lake Michigan. For the most part she served her owners as a trading schooner, but she also served briefly as a lightship and later became the first private school in the Grand Traverse region. The original Madeline was built in Fairport, Ohio, in the winter of 1844-45, undoubtedly for owners at Mackinac Island and in her early days she carried a fancy scroll figurehead. The island was her home for the first seventeen years of her existence where, in winter, served as a public school. In her early years she probably served the commercial fishing industry carrying barreled fish to the Lower Lakes and salt (for preserving the fish) on the return trip. Today, the replica schooner Madeline, launched June 24, 1990, is docked at Traverse City, MI, and is open for tours.

Marine Historical Society of Detroit: (MI) If your interest is the history of the Great Lakes and its maritime heritage, then this is one place you will want to visit.

Marine Museum: (MI) The Marine Museum at St. James is located in an authentic net shed, built in 1906, and houses a growing collection of memorabilia from the days when St. James Harbor was teeming with commercial activity. At one time the water's edge was ringed with vessels of the fishing fleets and commercial traffic, and for many a Great Lakes' captain the harbor was home. The Maine Museum opened in 1980. It tells the story of the busy days in the harbor. Those times included not only fishing, but also the shipping of the products from the mill. Also represented are memories of the disasters which overtook the men and ships of the Island, and the efforts of the Coast Guard and Lighthouse Services which came to the aid of those in distress.

Marquette Maritime Museum: (MI) The days when topsail schooners, Mackinac boats, fur trading canoes, work-a-day fish tugs, lumber hookers, and mighty steam barges plied the lakes, is the focus of this museum located on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Michigan Maritime Museum: (MI) The museum's 600-foot boardwalk and Coast Guard crew quarters houses exhibits and displays on Michigan's maritime history.

Museum Ship Valley Camp: (MI) The Museum Ship Valley Camp is located at Sault Ste. Marie, MI, where you can explore an actual lake freighter! Have you wished you could go aboard one of those long Great Lakes freighters and see for yourself what they are really like? Here you can explore the interior of an ore boat and see how the crew lived, slept, and worked. A visit offers you the unique opportunity to also explore her steam engine, dining rooms, crew's quarters, pilot house and many other fascinating sites.

New Presque Isle Lighthouse: (MI) Built in 1870 to replace the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse: (MI) Built in 1872, the lighthouse guided mariners through the Straits of Mackinac for 65 years. Now the museum's displays relate Great Lakes maritime history.

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse: (MI) Built in 1840, the lighthouse was replaced in 1870 by the New Presque Lighthouse.

Port Huron Museum: (MI) You are invited to sample what the Port Huron Museum has to offer. From the Marine Gallery where a wide variety of maritime historical items are displayed, to regional art exhibitions to the Pioneer Log Home to the Huron Lightship and more, there is something for everyone.

Port Huron Lightship Museum: (MI) Welcome aboard the Port Huron Lightship Museum. Lightships were like floating lighthouses anchored in areas where it was too deep, expensive or impractical to construct a lighthouse. Lightships displayed a light at the top of a mast and in areas of fog also sounded a fog signal and radio beacon. The fog signals used over the years consisted of bells, whistles, trumpets, sirens and horns. Fog horns were powered by steam in the early days and later by air compressors. The Huron Lightship sounded her fog horn signal in a 3 second blast every 30 seconds and was known locally as "Old B.O." because of the familiar sound her horn made.

Pride & Heritage Museum and Peche Island Lighthouse: (MI) Sailing by Marine City, MI, on the St.Clair River, it's hard not to spot the Lighthouse with the letters that Proudly Announce " MARINE CITY." Like the distinguished community where it now rests the light house has a dignified history of all its own.

SS City of Milwaukee - Carferry: (MI) The 75 year-old vessel is permanently moored and open to the public in Manistee, Michigan. The mission of the Society for the Preservation of the S.S. City of Milwaukee is to preserve and maintain the railroad car ferry S.S. City of Milwaukee as an educational and historical artifact, and to preserve, collect and maintain objects of educational and historical significance that pertain to the maritime industry of the Great Lakes region and this area.

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum: (MI) Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum began an effort to bring USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) to Bay City, Michigan to serve as a living museum. The ship was launched on September 8, 1959, and was commissioned on September 10, 1960. After commissioning and testing, the Adams was assigned to the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean in the spring of 1962. In addition to being used as a museum, the USS Adams will also host reunions of the men who have served aboard her, as well as aboard other destroyers.

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse: (MI) Make a visit to Seul Choix Point Lighthouse at Gulliver, MI, your "Only Choice" Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans and French fur traders traveled in canoes across the rough waters of Lake Michigan and on one occasion, a group of French sailors were caught in a terrifying storm, which forced them to seek shelter on the rocky shore of a harbor and found refuge in the bay while waiting out. Before leaving, they named the harbor Seul Choix, (pronounced Sis-Shwa) which translates to "Only Choice." The lakes were dangerous to travel especially since there was no light for a distance of 100 miles between the Straits of Mackinac and the Garden Peninsula. In August 1886, Congress appropriated $15,000 to build a light and fog signal on Seul Choix Point. The light became operable in 1892.

Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard: (MI) The Dunes National Lakeshore along 35-miles of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline is the site of the Coast Guard Station and museum.

Soo Locks: (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) As the largest lock system for a single step in the world, the Soo Locks are a marvel unparalleled anywhere. The five locks -- four American and one Canadian — ship more cargo through on an annual basis than does the Panama Canal.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse: (MI) Lighthouse and museum with local history displays.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve: (MI) Lake Huron's unpredictable weather-its murky fog banks and sudden gales-coupled with rocky shoals helped Thunder Bay, at Alpena, MI, earn the unfortunate name of "Shipwreck Alley." During the Great Lakes' 200-year shipping history, scores of vessels ended their careers on the lake floor off Alpena, Michigan. The known wrecks rest as close to the surface as 12 feet and as deep as 180 feet. Some of the wreck sites remain largely intact while other sites are only remnants of vessels' boilers, engines, rudders, windlasses, and anchors. However, the known wrecks are only a small section of the total wreckages that have occured. Many of the wrecks remain undiscovered.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum: (MI) Look through the window of time into the history of the Tri-Cities and Northwest Ottawa County in the Tri-Cities Historical Museum at Grand Haven, MI. The local Historical Museum, situated on the banks of the Grand River in the former Grand Trunk Railroad depot, provides a glimpse at the past, a view of our nautical heritage, and a learning experience for all to enjoy

USS Silversides & Maritime Museum: (MI) A WW II submarine commissioned eight days after the Pearl Harbor Attack by the Japanese, the Silversides went on to conduct over 30 war patrols. Now she rests at Muskegon, Michigan.

White Pine Village: (Ludington) Visit Historic White Pine Village in Ludington, MI and rediscover small-town Michigan life in the late 1800's and beyond. The beauty and nostalgia of White Pine Village ensures an exciting and educational experience for the entire family. Through extensive archives and collections, the museum exhibits local history of lumber camps, farms, Great Lakes ships, and trains.

White River Light Station Museum: (MI) The White River Light station at Whitehall, MI, serves as a living monument to the fresh water highways and maritime roots that permeate the great Lakes region. As one of the 116 lighthouses in the state of Michigan that dot the lake Michigan coastline, The White River Light station is one of the few that one can still tour, providing a unique and rare opportunity for the visitor.