Chicago Maritime Museum

Chicago Maritime Museum Chicago’s history and development stem from its axis at the foot of the Great Lakes. Chicago has been the busiest port in the world. It is a tall order to tell the story of Chicago’s waterways and their emotional and prosperous impact on 19th, 20th and 21st century American growth.

Welcome to the Chicago Maritime Museum and our developing story of Chicago’s maritime traditions and impact.

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09/20/2021

We have had some beautiful sunrises lately! Thank you Brian Kainulainen Photography for the photo.

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09/20/2021
New Exhibit Coming Soon

New Exhibit Coming Soon

A rapidly growing city built of wood. A summer-long heat wave. An exhausted and misdirected team of firefighters. Racial, social, and economic tensions bubbling just below the surface. All Chicago needed was a spark.

09/20/2021

As the Chicago River continues to improve, recreators are finding new and imaginative ways to enjoy it—including this paddle boarder who brought his dog along for the ride this weekend. #chicagoriver #paddleboard #dogs

09/20/2021

Another Asset Eyed by Thunder Bay Museum Group

The Lakehead Transportation Museum Society in Thunder Bay, Ont. have announced plans to give the historic tug James Whalen a new home. Last April, the 115-year-old vessel was found listing and taking on water.

Currently owned by City of Thunder Bay, the James Whalen has been docked at Kaministiquia River Heritage Park since 1992. Over the years, it has occasionally opened to the public. However, due to its condition, the tug is currently locked up and inaccessible.

Last spring, over 33,000 litres of water was removed from the tug and a new bilge pump installed to stablize it. With the acquisition of the James Whalen, Society officials are hoping to build on their success with the former icebreaker CCGS Alexander Henry.

The Henry was moved from Kingston, Ont. to the Society's Pool Six site on the Thunder Bay waterfront in 2017 and is now operated as a museum ship.

“What we would like to be able to do is bring the James Whalen from its location on the Kam River and bring it over to our site and incorporate it in with the rest of the artifacts we have here,” said Charlie Brown, president of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society.

Brown said the project is pretty simple but needs the support of the community and city council. “If it wasn’t for transportation, the city wouldn’t exist as it does today,” said Brown, while speaking about the importance of the heritage work the group is doing.

For the James Whalen project, the group is not looking for money from city council, just their blessing on the project so they can move forward and hopefully have the tug become part of the outdoor museum site by next year.

Brown said the group has the know-how to get the tug moved and cleaned up in an economical fashion and believes they have proved themselves with all of their projects so far.

Information Sources:
https://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/local/another-asset-eyed-by-museum-group/article_fc1159b6-0b98-11ec-a151-079f08eed770.html

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/whalen-tug-1.5988741

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/crews-pump-33000-litres-of-water-out-of-sinking-james-whalen-tugboat-3635787

09/19/2021

Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, the Racine Lighthouse and Maritime Preservation Society’s (RLAMPS) of Racine, Wis. will host a presentation by Association member Brendon Baillod, who has been exploring and researching shipwrecks on the Great Lakes for four decades.

The presentation will be the Society's first education night of the 2021-22 season, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Dewey’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. Baillod will discuss his work to find the "ghost ships" of Lake Michigan - shipwrecks that have never been found.

His focus will be on the search for two ships thought to have sunk off Racine’s shores. One, the Thomas H. Smith, was a 130-foot steam screw tugboat that sank after a collision near the Wind Point Lighthouse in 1893. The other, the Lem Ellsworth, was a 138-foot, three-masted schooner that sank in 1894.

Information Source and for more details, see:
https://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/community-newsletter-racine-lighthouse-and-maritime-preservation-society/article_99c4210e-c116-546e-971e-d038e26fe7ff.html

Image - Schooner Lem Ellsworth with tug Arctic - Great Lakes Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library and Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.

New Exhibit Coming Soon
09/16/2021
New Exhibit Coming Soon

New Exhibit Coming Soon

A rapidly growing city built of wood. A summer-long heat wave. An exhausted and misdirected team of firefighters. Racial, social, and economic tensions bubbling just below the surface. All Chicago needed was a spark.

Photos from DRE Designs - Great Lakes Marine Products's post
09/16/2021

Photos from DRE Designs - Great Lakes Marine Products's post

09/16/2021

Summer sunrise at Muskegon, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by Tim Bonnette at Photos by Bonnette

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09/15/2021

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Timeline Photos
09/15/2021

Timeline Photos

Wishing the Class of 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Captain Bill Pinkney a happy birthday today! 🍰

An eight year veteran of the United States Navy (1956-1964), Captain Pinkney went on to live out his dream of sailing around the world. His solo 27,000-mile circumnavigation started on August 5, 1990, onboard a Valiant 47-foot sloop with a more than fitting name, “The Commitment,” and took a total of 2 years.

His adventures featured the rounding of five great capes, including the treacherous Cape Horn. His documented trip, “Captain Bill Pinkney’s Journey”, became a book and film and has since inspired thousands of sailors of all ages to try new things and learn from their experiences.

After his solo trip, Pinkney became the captain of the 129-foot "Freedom Schooner Amistad", whose purpose was to relay the message of human rights, respect, freedom, and race, connected to the history of the original ship "La Amistad" from 1839.⁠

Pinkney has raced in many Mackinac Races on Lake Michigan, served on the Board of the @MysticSeaportMuseum , the National Maritime Historical Society, and the American Sail Training Association. He is a current member of the New York Yacht Club and enjoys sharing his sailing experiences and passion to help grow our sport. 👏

#HallofFameHappyBirthday #HOFHB #legend #sailing #sailor #circumnavigation #education #inspiration #MysticSeaport #NationalMaritimeHistoricalSociety @USSailing #NYYC #AmericanSailTrainingAssociation

09/15/2021
09/14/2021

On September 18 we’re joining more than 1.5 million citizen scientists from around the world who have taken action to #MonitorWater by celebrating World Water Monitoring Day and raising awareness about the importance of protecting local water resources. On September 18, join Friends’ Ecology Outreach Manager Mark Hauser for a nature walk and tour from 11am to 12 noon of the restoration work done at Crooked Creek in Palos. The walk and tour will be followed by water chemistry monitoring. The testing is done to evaluate the improvements to the water quality on site and is a terrific opportunity to learn from Friends' staff about the importance of regular water quality evaluation. Visit Friends' website to register: https://bit.ly/3kcgHJ6

Photos from Lincoln Park Boat Club Chicago's post
09/14/2021

Photos from Lincoln Park Boat Club Chicago's post

09/13/2021

Full moon at Grand Haven, MI on Lake Michigan - Photo by David W. Behrens Photography

Photos from Chris Roxburgh's post
09/13/2021

Photos from Chris Roxburgh's post

09/13/2021
09/13/2021

On behalf of Susan, Barb, and myself, we are pleased to make the following announcement.

Photos from Chicago Regatta's post
09/13/2021

Photos from Chicago Regatta's post

Rising Waters: Great Lakes lighthouse keepers fight to preserve history in the face of climate change - Great Lakes Now
09/13/2021
Rising Waters: Great Lakes lighthouse keepers fight to preserve history in the face of climate change - Great Lakes Now

Rising Waters: Great Lakes lighthouse keepers fight to preserve history in the face of climate change - Great Lakes Now

As one of the oldest lighthouses in the Great Lakes region, much of the Waugoshance Lighthouse’s history has been lost. What remains are unsubstantiated ghost stories, a piece of World War Ⅱ history and a lighthouse left to crumble into Lake Michigan.

09/13/2021

Happy 93rd Birthday to the Roosevelt Bridge

Lake Michigan Fishing: All You Need to Know
09/12/2021
Lake Michigan Fishing: All You Need to Know

Lake Michigan Fishing: All You Need to Know

A guide to your Lake Michigan fishing adventure, including where you can go, what you can catch, and how you can fish here.

09/11/2021

At this morning's annual meeting of the board of directors of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, it was noted that the Great Lakes Art Database (GLAD) project has gone on-line thanks to the effort of Association member Walter Lewis and others. It is hoped/planned that the initial small group of non-photographic images will soon be supplemented by items from the collections of Association institutional members.

https://images.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca/glad/search

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I've been digging a bit, trying to find out more about the ship-to-rail terminal formerly located at the river near Erie St. This is pretty interesting.
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Does the museum have any sort of research resources for an aspiring (and so far, very amateur) historian?
A message from CROWLEY'S on COVID 19 measures We are monitoring developments and pivoting as necessary to react to this unprecedented development, because the health and safety of our customers and staff are paramount. At this point the yard and store are still open for business. We welcome you down to the yard to work on your boat. We recognize that working on your boat is an activity you can participate in safely while maintaining appropriate social distancing practices. Here are some steps we have taken and guidelines we are asking our customers to follow to help us limit any potential exposure to Covid-19: Please schedule all service and your spring launch work via PHONE or EMAIL. Our Customer Service staff will be on hand and can meet you at your boat to discuss service work if necessary. Please do not visit the office unless absolutely necessary. YACHTAPALOOZA has been postponed to a later date to be determined. We are also postponing the Nautical Donations Flea Market. Notapaloooza – our alternative spring sale- will still run from March 21st through March 29th. Look for an e-mail tomorrow with details on the specials. Our Ship’s Store will be providing a CURBSIDE SERVICE for supplies. Simply call the store and our staff will pick the items, charge your account or credit card, and deliver them to your car. Please utilize this service if possible. Alternatively you can call the store and place an order that we will hold for you on our pick up shelves. We have expanded our flex time options for our dedicated staff so they can care for children who are home from school and adjust their schedules to limit exposure to other employees. Several of our employees may be working from home. This may result in some employees not being available at normal times. Please understand if response times to inquiries and requests are slightly delayed. We ask that you do not come to the yard if you are sick or are experiencing any of the symptoms of the virus – headache, fever or sore throat. Please maintain appropriate social distancing practices while at the yard. We have developed a cleaning regimen that includes disinfecting all high touch surfaces frequently. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with the many people affected by this virus. We are confident that we will emerge with grace from this crisis a stronger community. We will adjust our practices as necessary and communicate any changes to you via e-mail. Stay safe. Sincerely, The Crew at Crowley’s
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**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Forgotten Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from various areas of the United States, Canada, and many other countries. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
On this day, three years ago, June 2016, the CMM officially opened to the public. Happy Birthday, CMM 🥳
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