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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Calumet First and Forever - CMM's First Virtual Third Friday,February 19th , 7:00 p.m.Join the Chicago Maritime Museum f...
02/08/2021
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Calumet First and Forever - CMM's First Virtual Third Friday,
February 19th , 7:00 p.m.

Join the Chicago Maritime Museum for our first virtual Third Friday Open House on Friday, February 19, when author Richard Lanyon discusses his newest book, Calumet First and Forever: Draining the South Area of Chicago and Territorial Expansion.

Four years after the Chicago River flow was reversed to protect the city's water supply, the Calumet River was just as big a pollution threat. The feds finally agreed to a smaller Cal-Sag channel, and construction began in 1911, at the same time that sewage treatment research was showing promise. A daring plan for this Calumet crisis was launched in 1915 when some of the district's first intercepting sewer construction began, followed by pumping station construction in 1918 and treatment plant construction in 1920. By late summer 1922, it all came together when treatment began and the channel was opened, keeping treated sewage out of Lake Michigan.

Today, District water management continues to benefit the bi-state Calumet area, which is experiencing community revitalization, ecological restoration, and plans for a national heritage area designation.

Author Richard Lanyon has had a life-long association with the waterways in and around Chicago. He retired as executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2010 after a 50-year career in urban water issues.

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Columbia Family Matters
02/04/2021
Columbia Family Matters

Columbia Family Matters

We reopen on February 4 and can't wait to have our family back together! The staff and members have such a special bond and this Club is the best of the best!

Project to block Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan moves forward: ‘We’re essentially adding a very successful lineb...
02/02/2021
Project to block Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan moves forward: ‘We’re essentially adding a very successful linebacker to our defense’

Project to block Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan moves forward: ‘We’re essentially adding a very successful linebacker to our defense’

Among the technologies included in the recommended plan for the site: an electric barrier to deter and stun carp, underwater sound to scare them off, an air bubble curtain to turn around small fish that sneak along with barges, and a flushing lock to send larval fish and eggs downstream.

A Deep Dive Into Sea Shanties | Folklife Today
02/01/2021
A Deep Dive Into Sea Shanties | Folklife Today

A Deep Dive Into Sea Shanties | Folklife Today

We couldn't help notice that sea shanties have been getting a lot of attention lately. The American Folklife Center has one of the greatest collections of sea shanty field recordings in the world. This blog post provides an introduction to sea shanties, including links to audio, video, and texts of....

Video Demonstrates ‘Shelf Ice' Dangers on Lake Michigan
02/01/2021
Video Demonstrates ‘Shelf Ice' Dangers on Lake Michigan

Video Demonstrates ‘Shelf Ice' Dangers on Lake Michigan

A very close call for a man walking on what he thought was Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Rogers Park, but it was actually shelf ice. The man’s wife was taking a video as he sunk down and water filled up his boots. He was able to get out, but wanted to warn others about the dangers.

Barry Butler Photography
02/01/2021

Barry Butler Photography

The First on a Freezing February. This morning in Chicago after the snowstorm.

Images by Walter E. Elliott
02/01/2021

Images by Walter E. Elliott

Wicked. Grand Haven. 1/28/21.

Barry Butler Photography
01/27/2021

Barry Butler Photography

Wednesday's Wind-Down in the South Loop. Sunset now is in the 5pm hour in Chicago!

The Ups and Downs of Lake Michigan Water Levels
01/27/2021
The Ups and Downs of Lake Michigan Water Levels

The Ups and Downs of Lake Michigan Water Levels

Fri Jan 29 2021 at 01:00 am, The Ups and Downs of Lake Michigan Water Levels: What is Going On, and What to Do by Philip Willink, Presented by Leone Beach Park Advisory Council When: Jan 28, 2021 7:00 – 8:00 pm Central Standard Time (US and Canada) The event is free, but re

Fort Mackinac: A Look Back in Time on Mackinac Island, Michigan
01/24/2021
Fort Mackinac: A Look Back in Time on Mackinac Island, Michigan

Fort Mackinac: A Look Back in Time on Mackinac Island, Michigan

Fort Mackinac was a military site in the Great Lakes region during the American War of Independence, and it has a fascinating history. It is an interactive visitor site today. See photos and videos.

Pure Mittigan
01/24/2021

Pure Mittigan

Point Betsie Light! By @_sovereign_photography_

Barry Butler Photography
01/20/2021

Barry Butler Photography

#BrighterTogether Chicago honors the National COVID-19 Memorial Service on Tuesday night with amber color lights on many Chicago buildings including a "candle" on the BCBS building.

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01/18/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: MWRD Virtual Tour. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

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Travel back in time to early Chicago to see how we reversed the Chicago River and developed wastewater treatment technology. Go behind the scenes and under water to see how we transform the water you use every day; descend 300 feet into the deep tunnel system, and watch our electrofishing crew at wo...

Buzby resigns as head of MarAd, citing Capitol riot - Professional Mariner
01/14/2021
Buzby resigns as head of MarAd, citing Capitol riot - Professional Mariner

Buzby resigns as head of MarAd, citing Capitol riot - Professional Mariner

(WASHINGTON) —Mark Buzby has resigned as the nation’s maritime administrator, citing the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of President Trump. Buzby’s resignation from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) was effective Monday, Jan. 11. “I no longer believe that I am...

Friends of the Chicago River
01/13/2021

Friends of the Chicago River

In the Sun-Times, Friends' Executive Director Margaret Frisbie writes about the importance of federal funding for "a much-needed environmental restoration to Bubbly Creek." Read more here: https://bit.ly/35zV2mc

Trillion-dollar federal spending bill includes money for Bubbly Creek
01/12/2021
Trillion-dollar federal spending bill includes money for Bubbly Creek

Trillion-dollar federal spending bill includes money for Bubbly Creek

$11.6 million of a $1.4 trillion spending bill related to the $900 billion pandemic relief package will be used to help restore Bubbly Creek, the nickname given to the south fork of the south branch of the Chicago River.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association
01/12/2021

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association

Huron Lightship Museum located in Pine Grove Park, Port Huron, MI near the head of the St. Clair River - Photo by Ginny McNabb

Blueyes below
01/11/2021

Blueyes below

McGulpin Point Lighthouse is located just outside of Mackinaw City (to the West) and helped protect ships in the Straits of Mackinac against storms, fog and running aground between 1869 and 1906.

Down at the water line is McGulpin rock, which is a sizable rock has been used as a navigational marker, and to gauge water levels since 1615 by French explorers!

Both sites have good access for exploring, and a nice view of the bridge and any passing freighters from the beach! 😀🚢

Barry Butler Photography
01/07/2021

Barry Butler Photography

Just in case you had some crazy idea. Thank god for the sign.

12 vintage photos of Milwaukee's Harbor District at work
01/07/2021
12 vintage photos of Milwaukee's Harbor District at work

12 vintage photos of Milwaukee's Harbor District at work

As this waterfront expanse changes, it seemed like the perfect time to share this dozen images that show how the area looked when it was home to factories, ships, trains, grain silos, coal gasification plants and more.

Blueyes below
01/05/2021

Blueyes below

The remains of the C.H. Johnson lie under the massive sandstone blocks it was carrying near St. Helena island in Lake Michigan. The blocks were from Jacobsville, MI and destined for a bank building in Chicago.

The Johnson was a 3 masted, wooden schooner that was built in 1870 in Marine City, Michigan.
137’ long and 26’ wide.
The ship was taking shelter from a storm behind St. Helena island when the anchor chains failed around 2 a.m. and the vessel was swept ashore on September 23, 1895.

The crew was saved by a local fisherman and his two sons, but they lost all their belongings.

Friends of the Chicago River
01/05/2021

Friends of the Chicago River

As we move through the first week of 2021, let's consider some Resolutions for the River. There are at least three resolutions we could all make in 2021 that would have a direct, positive effect on the Chicago River system: pick up the litter, conserve individual water use, and reduce consumption of single-use plastics. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/35cvUC1

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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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Hoping you or one of your members know what these are. Seen this week on Montrose dog beach.
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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.