Marine Historical Society of Detroit

Marine Historical Society of Detroit Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Great Lakes shipping past and present for future generations to enjoy.
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The Marine Historical Society of Detroit, a non-profit organization founded in 1944, provides a focal point for individuals and organizations interested in and concerned with the history of the Great Lakes and its maritime heritage. Membership includes our monthly publication The Detroit Marine Historian, which offers a variety of articles exploring Great Lakes shipping past and present. Features include Great Lakes Ships to be Remembered, a look at Marine News from 100 Years Ago, and The Log, a digest of current news concerning Great Lakes shipping. Membership also includes an annual, full-color calendar featuring superb, often rare, photos of Great Lakes ships of the past. In keeping with the Society’s objective to further interest and preservation of Great Lakes history, we have published several quality books, including three volumes of Great Lakes Ships We Remember, two volumes of Ahoy & Farewell, GLEW (an illustrated history of the Great Lakes Engineering Works shipyard) and The Nicholson Fleets and Their Captains. Many of the photographs used in these publications are not available elsewhere. In keeping with the Society’s objective to further interest and preservation of Great Lakes history, we have also provided financial support to worthy projects around the Great Lakes, among them the Lightship Huron museum, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker and William G. Mather museum ships, the Great Lakes Maritime Institute’s William Clay Ford pilothouse and Edmund Fitzgerald anchor-raising projects. The society has also given scholarship support to The Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Traverse City. Our archival collection has been donated to The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green, Ohio. The MHSD has members in the United States, Canada and around the world. We would be pleased to have you join us.

Mission: Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Great Lakes shipping past and present for future generations to enjoy.

The Wilson Fleet vessel B. F. Jones underway. Photo taken by Emory A. Massman/MHSD Collection.
04/10/2020

The Wilson Fleet vessel B. F. Jones underway. Photo taken by Emory A. Massman/MHSD Collection.

The Algomah underway in the ice. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.
04/10/2020

The Algomah underway in the ice. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.

The Geo. L. Craig downbound at the Soo. From the Bob Pocotte Collection.
04/10/2020

The Geo. L. Craig downbound at the Soo. From the Bob Pocotte Collection.

03/31/2020
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Inland Voyage, Delivery and Conversion of the Cliff Victory this Friday at 8 p.m.

1952 film documenting the delivery and conversion of the Cliffs Victory.

Since many members and fans of this page are in temporary layup, I thought I'd post a few back issues of our Detroit Mar...
03/29/2020

Since many members and fans of this page are in temporary layup, I thought I'd post a few back issues of our Detroit Marine Historian. Here's the January 2019 edition, with Joe Komjathy's great story about the steamer Amasa Stone. Enjoy! And if you're not a member, well heck, what are you waiting for! www.mhsd.org

The Capt. John Roen underway. From the J. R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.
03/29/2020

The Capt. John Roen underway. From the J. R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.

The Avondale underway. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collection..
03/29/2020

The Avondale underway. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collection..

The Harry R. Jones at Cleveland, Ohio. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD
03/29/2020

The Harry R. Jones at Cleveland, Ohio. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD

The Robert Fulton underway. From the Bob Pocotte Collection.
03/14/2020

The Robert Fulton underway. From the Bob Pocotte Collection.

The A.D. Macbeth underway from the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD
03/14/2020

The A.D. Macbeth underway from the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD

The Alpena underway. Photo by Emory A. Massman/MHSD Collection.
03/14/2020

The Alpena underway. Photo by Emory A. Massman/MHSD Collection.

The Crescent City in drydock. From the Emory A. massman Collection/MHSD.
03/06/2020

The Crescent City in drydock. From the Emory A. massman Collection/MHSD.

The Robert W. E. Bunsen underway. Photographer unknown from the J. R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.
03/06/2020

The Robert W. E. Bunsen underway. Photographer unknown from the J. R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.

The Calcite underway. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.
03/06/2020

The Calcite underway. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.

The Frank Purnell underway. Photo by Emory A. Massman/MHSD
03/01/2020

The Frank Purnell underway. Photo by Emory A. Massman/MHSD

The William D. Crawford underway. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.
03/01/2020

The William D. Crawford underway. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.

The David M. Weir underway. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.
03/01/2020

The David M. Weir underway. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.

The William J. Filbert underway. Photographer unknown. From the J.R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.
02/22/2020

The William J. Filbert underway. Photographer unknown. From the J.R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.

The Assiniboia at Sarnia, Ontario. Photo's by Emory A. Massman/MHSD Collection.
02/22/2020

The Assiniboia at Sarnia, Ontario. Photo's by Emory A. Massman/MHSD Collection.

The Otto M. Reiss sailing through the ice. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.
02/22/2020

The Otto M. Reiss sailing through the ice. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.

The Fayette Brown has just departed the Soo Locks and is headed upbound for a Lake Superior port. From the Bob Pocotte C...
02/14/2020

The Fayette Brown has just departed the Soo Locks and is headed upbound for a Lake Superior port. From the Bob Pocotte Collection.

The Eastern States at Detroit. She is starting to go through the scrapping process. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collecti...
02/14/2020

The Eastern States at Detroit. She is starting to go through the scrapping process. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collection

The Cambria as a bulk carrier underway. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.
02/14/2020

The Cambria as a bulk carrier underway. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.

The Fayette Brown underway. From the J. R Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.
02/08/2020

The Fayette Brown underway. From the J. R Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.

The Aquarama underway photographed by Emory Massman during Sept. 1962. From the Massman collection/MHSD
02/08/2020

The Aquarama underway photographed by Emory Massman during Sept. 1962. From the Massman collection/MHSD

The Adam E. Cornelius Jr. downbound at the Soo approaching the Soo Locks. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.
02/08/2020

The Adam E. Cornelius Jr. downbound at the Soo approaching the Soo Locks. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.

Boats stuck in the ice. Location unknown, From the Bob Pocotte Collection.
02/01/2020

Boats stuck in the ice. Location unknown, From the Bob Pocotte Collection.

The John C. Williams underway. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.
02/01/2020

The John C. Williams underway. From the Peter B. Worden collection/MHSD.

The Agawa underway. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collection.
02/01/2020

The Agawa underway. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collection.

The tugs Dolomite and Limestone dockside. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.
01/25/2020

The tugs Dolomite and Limestone dockside. From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD.

The C. L Austin of the Wilson Fleet underway. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collection.
01/25/2020

The C. L Austin of the Wilson Fleet underway. Photo by Emory Massman/MHSD Collection.

The Prescott downbound at the Soo approaching the locks. From the Bob Pocotte Collection.
01/24/2020

The Prescott downbound at the Soo approaching the locks. From the Bob Pocotte Collection.

The Ben E. Tate in winter layup at the Hocking Valley Docks at Toledo, Ohio during 1959. Photo taken by Emory A. Massman...
01/17/2020

The Ben E. Tate in winter layup at the Hocking Valley Docks at Toledo, Ohio during 1959. Photo taken by Emory A. Massman/MHSD.

The John W. Gates upbound at Port Huron, Michigan. Photographer unknown. From the J. R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.
01/17/2020

The John W. Gates upbound at Port Huron, Michigan. Photographer unknown. From the J. R. Hoffman Great Lakes Collection.

The Peter White dockside (maybe Cleveland,Ohio?). From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD
01/17/2020

The Peter White dockside (maybe Cleveland,Ohio?). From the Peter B. Worden Collection/MHSD

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