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

Operating as usual

10/16/2020
Barry Butler Photography
10/15/2020

Barry Butler Photography

Autumn in the South Loop.
Throwback Thursday in Chicago, 2012.

Tom Skilling
10/14/2020

Tom Skilling

The largest bomb ever found in Poland in the wake of World War II detonated underwater Tuesday as Navy divers approached hoping to disarm it. It weighed 11,905 lbs and was used in the War by Britain's Royal Air Force. Such an explosive was referred to as a "Tallyboy bomb". The divers were not injured and were said to have been outside the danger zone when the bomb went off. It had been found near the Piast Canal outside the town of Swinoujscie, went off sending a huge plume of water into the air. An evacuation of 750 had occurred as the deactivation began.
Here's the full Reuters story: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN26Y2J4?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=twitter
The BBC has covered the story as well and includes video of the explosion it its report: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54522203

Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Lakefront History
10/13/2020
Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Lakefront History

Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Lakefront History

It's finally summer! Geoffrey's headed for the lakefront with three questions about the area around Chicago's most popular tourist destination.

Images by Walter E. Elliott
10/09/2020

Images by Walter E. Elliott

Deep blue hour in Manistique. 10/2/20.

Timeline Photos
10/05/2020

Timeline Photos

Crowley's Yacht Yard Lakeside
10/05/2020

Crowley's Yacht Yard Lakeside

The way we were.

US Coast Guard Station Calumet in 1933.
In the middle of “undeveloped area”
that would become Calumet Park.

The annual Feast of the Hunter's Moon, canceled due to Covid, didn't stop the Derrah family of Western Springs. They spe...
10/03/2020

The annual Feast of the Hunter's Moon, canceled due to Covid, didn't stop the Derrah family of Western Springs. They spent the day paddling the Wabash River in Indiana, reenacting 17th century French voyageurs. Impossible n'est pas francais!

Cruise Along Chicago Waterways On a Historic Fireboat
10/01/2020
Cruise Along Chicago Waterways On a Historic Fireboat

Cruise Along Chicago Waterways On a Historic Fireboat

New Chicago Fireboat Tours are a unique way to explore the magnificent Second City. Sight-seeing boat tours consistently rank as one of Chicago’s most popular attractions by visitors and loca…

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
10/01/2020
McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Plan a visit to the unique McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Learn Chicago River and bridges history and see the bridge gears at work.

EASTLAND: Chicago's Deadliest Day
09/30/2020

EASTLAND: Chicago's Deadliest Day

"EASTLAND" Documentary picks up 3 Midwest Emmy nominations:

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY (Moshman Productions)
WRITING (Chuck Coppola & Harvey Moshman)
AUDIO - Sound Design, Mix & Music (Sam Fishkin, Andrew Twiss/Mix Kitchen & Steve Rashid)

Underwritten exclusively by the Chicago Marine Heritage Society

Crowley's Yacht Yard Lakeside
09/26/2020

Crowley's Yacht Yard Lakeside

NAIDA in the morning

NAIDA is a classic 50 foot Grebe, constructed in 1935.

It had spent much of its life on the west coast in Olympia, Washington when it was returned to its birthplace, Chicago, two years ago by Graham Sauser, Director of Operations for Chicago Sailing in Belmont Harbor.

The Naida was hauled out Friday at Crowley’s for a survey.

They’re not otters, but endangered mussels in Illinois play a crucial role as environmental sentinels. ‘They all have a ...
09/25/2020
They’re not otters, but endangered mussels in Illinois play a crucial role as environmental sentinels. ‘They all have a story to tell.’

They’re not otters, but endangered mussels in Illinois play a crucial role as environmental sentinels. ‘They all have a story to tell.’

Workers from the Shedd Aquarium and Cook County Forest Preserves spent a few days this week searching Poplar Creek and tagging more than 100 freshwater mussels, a group researchers say is among the most endangered in the world.

Sister Bay - Door County, Wisconsin
09/25/2020

Sister Bay - Door County, Wisconsin

A stunning sunset captured by @skypod_images What song would you be listening to if you were out on that sail boat?

Joshua Nowicki - Photography
09/24/2020

Joshua Nowicki - Photography

September 23, 2020 in Saint Joseph, Michigan

Chicago Maritime Arts Center
09/17/2020

Chicago Maritime Arts Center

Yesterday CMAC held a field trip with the Midwest Academy for Gifted Learning at Jackson Park where 16 six to ten year-olds rowed and explored the inner harbor, learned boating safety, and collected two garbage bags full of trash in addition to doing some water testing.

It was a fun day for the kids, teachers, parent volunteers, and CMAC instructors!!

#teachingwithsmallboats #midwestacademy @ChiMaritimeArts www.ChicagoMaritime.org

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Chicago, IL
60609

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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
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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 🥳
“Queen Of The Lakes “ Paul R Tregurtha departing Duluth MN and heading out into Lake Superior last Monday May 13 2019. Largest ship on the Lakes.
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