Michigan Maritime Museum

Michigan Maritime Museum Official Page of the Michigan Maritime Museum www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org Home of vessels Friends Good Will, Lindy Lou, USCG 36460 & Bernida.

Tours of our tall ship Friends Good Will were featured on Wzzm13 as part of the Tulip Time Festival activities! Now thro...
05/09/2019
Things to do this May in West Michigan

Tours of our tall ship Friends Good Will were featured on Wzzm13 as part of the Tulip Time Festival activities! Now through Sunday May 12th, we are docked at Boatwerks Waterfront and will be giving dockside tours from 10 am to 4 pm.

Courtney Sheffer with West Michigan Tourism Association has compiled five of her top picks happening this month -- everything from dune rides to tulips!

Do not miss out on this fascinating lecture in the Speaker Series of South Haven!  Award winning author, Peter Annin of ...
05/08/2019

Do not miss out on this fascinating lecture in the Speaker Series of South Haven! Award winning author, Peter Annin of The Great Lakes Water Wars will be here on Thursday May 9th. The presentation is at the South Haven High School and begins at 7:30 pm, with a reception at 6:45 pm. Admission is $10. Students, educators, and clergy receive free admission. For more information visit www.southhavenspeakerseries.org. South Haven Speakers Series

Our public sails begin Memorial Day weekend! ⚓️❤️ #isitsailingseasonyet
05/07/2019

Our public sails begin Memorial Day weekend! ⚓️❤️ #isitsailingseasonyet

Monday was National Travel and Tourism Week's: Travel Matters for New Experiences day.

South Haven has much to offer for new experiences at a vacation destination. Swimming in the Great Lakes and sunbathing on the sandy beaches is similar to taking a trip to one of the oceans, just without the saltwater and the various ocean species. The Michigan Maritime Museum also offers a unique sailing excursion aboard Friends Good Will, our resident tall ship. There are many new experiences that await you in South Haven, and other travel destinations, and that's what makes travel exciting!

Photo credits: Drake Olmstead

Expedition Unknown: Great Lakes Ghost Ship Episode is coming up! In the May 8 episode, which begins at 8 p.m., intrepid ...
05/07/2019

Expedition Unknown: Great Lakes Ghost Ship Episode is coming up! In the May 8 episode, which begins at 8 p.m., intrepid explorer Josh Gates joins with Cris Kohl, Joan Forsberg, Brendon Baillod, Tom Crossmon, Dave Phillips, and Valerie Olson van Heest to go in search of one of the Great Lakes most famous shipwreck. Be sure to tune in!

Sharing a photo of our first ever Lindy Lou Tulip Time passengers! This is the first time our river launch has given cru...
05/05/2019

Sharing a photo of our first ever Lindy Lou Tulip Time passengers! This is the first time our river launch has given cruises away from her home port of South Haven. Lindy Lou will be cruising at Tulip Time Festival through May 12th from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. 🌷⚓️

WOW! What an amazing first day for the Michigan Maritime Museum at Tulip Time Festival! 🌷Lindy Lou lake cruises were ...
05/04/2019

WOW! What an amazing first day for the Michigan Maritime Museum at Tulip Time Festival! 🌷Lindy Lou lake cruises were booked to capacity and over 700 visitors boarded Friends Good Will for dockside tours. Cannot wait to do it all again tomorrow...come see us 10 am to 4 pm! 📷: Discover Holland

Come see us at Tulip Time Festival tomorrow! Docked at Boatwerks Waterfront from Saturday May 4th to Sunday May 12th we ...
05/03/2019

Come see us at Tulip Time Festival tomorrow! Docked at Boatwerks Waterfront from Saturday May 4th to Sunday May 12th we will be giving deck tours of our tall ship Friends Good Will from 10 am to 4 pm and Lindy Lou will do cruises on Lake Macatawa several times a day as well! 🌷⚓️

We had a full class at Basic Seamanship Training this past weekend! #isitsailingseasonyet ⚓️😄
05/03/2019

We had a full class at Basic Seamanship Training this past weekend! #isitsailingseasonyet ⚓️😄

Happy May 1st! We are now open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm...come visit us! ⚓
05/01/2019

Happy May 1st! We are now open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm...come visit us! ⚓

04/30/2019

Loving the art from the South Haven Past, Present, & Future Student Art Contest at South Haven Center for the Arts! ⚓️❤️

To celebrate Michigan History Day we are offering free admission to all visitors (Saturday April 27)! We are open 10 am ...
04/27/2019

To celebrate Michigan History Day we are offering free admission to all visitors (Saturday April 27)! We are open 10 am to 5 pm, with last admissions at 4 pm. Come visit us! ⚓

Want to know what the water or weather is like on the Great Lakes? Text a buoy, and it’ll immediately text you back wi...
04/26/2019
Text a Great Lakes buoy, and it'll text you back with the latest water conditions - Rock The Lake

Want to know what the water or weather is like on the Great Lakes? Text a buoy, and it’ll immediately text you back with: wind speed, water temperature, air temperature, wave height, & more! Text the buoy number of your choice (South Haven is number 45168) to 734-418-7299 for the latest observations. ⚓

Want to know what the water — or weather — is like on a Great Lake? Text a buoy, and it’ll immediately text you back with: Wind speed Water temperature Air temperature Wave height And more You can find a list of every buoy in the Great Lakes here. Text the buoy number of your…

It is #ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! With all the improvements and work done on our Coast G...
04/25/2019

It is #ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! With all the improvements and work done on our Coast Guard exhibits recently, we'd like to take a look back at those who have helped originally to preserve the historic USLSS building! In this 1980's photo, Museum volunteers Jim & Sheral Bradley help to restore the late 1800's United States Life Saving building after it was removed from the site of the South Haven USCG Station to it's present site on our Museum campus. (Michigan Maritime Museum collection)

To celebrate Michigan History Day, the Museum is offering free admission to all visitors this Saturday April 27th from 1...
04/25/2019

To celebrate Michigan History Day, the Museum is offering free admission to all visitors this Saturday April 27th from 10 am to 5 pm, with last admissions at 4 pm.

Michigan History Day is an educational program of the Historical Society of Michigan that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. Winners of the state level Michigan History Day competition in the Junior and Senior categories move on to compete in National History Day. Lets wish these budding historians luck with their projects!

04/25/2019

First crew refresher sail of the season today! ⚓️

This week the United States Army Corps of Engineers have been dredging the South Haven harbor. From our docks we can see...
04/19/2019

This week the United States Army Corps of Engineers have been dredging the South Haven harbor. From our docks we can see the tugboat Carol Ann that has been assisting with the dredging job. Carol Ann was built in 1981 for King Company of Holland, MI and works on dredging and construction jobs all across Lake Michigan. When finished, the dredge materials will be used as beach nourishment and will be released south of the South Pier.

Can you believe these pictures are from this Sunday...in April!? Captain Bob & our group of amazing volunteers did not l...
04/17/2019

Can you believe these pictures are from this Sunday...in April!? Captain Bob & our group of amazing volunteers did not let a little "wintery mix" stop them from setting the main sail! Great job, everyone! ❄️⚓️

Michigan Maritime Museum's cover photo
04/12/2019

Michigan Maritime Museum's cover photo

It is #ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! At the Lecture Series this coming Wednesday (April 17t...
04/11/2019

It is #ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! At the Lecture Series this coming Wednesday (April 17th @ 6:30 pm) we will hear the story of how Captain Hugh Covert and his wife Julie built the Schooner Huron Jewel, but did you know many schooners were built right here in South Haven?

During the late 1800's and early 1900's numerous wooden vessels were built in South Haven, including dozens of schooners--merchant sailing ships with two or more masts. In these photos (clockwise) are the schooners H.M. Avery, Mary Ludwig, X-10 U-8, and Starlight...all built in South Haven shipyards.

Snapshots from the Uprigging of our tall ship Friends Good Will this past weekend! Thank you to our crew and volunteers ...
04/09/2019

Snapshots from the Uprigging of our tall ship Friends Good Will this past weekend! Thank you to our crew and volunteers who came out and got an amazing amount of work accomplished. One more weekend and we will be ship-shape and ready for the sailing season! ⚓

After sitting idle for years, the Arthur M. Anderson - one of the most famous freighters on the Great Lakes - will be pr...
04/03/2019
Freighter Arthur M. Anderson, famous for Edmund Fitzgerald search, to return to the Great Lakes

After sitting idle for years, the Arthur M. Anderson - one of the most famous freighters on the Great Lakes - will be prepped for a return to service, its owners said this week.

The Anderson is a favorite among ship enthusiasts, and earned its place in Great Lakes lore when its captain and crew stayed in contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald during a violent Lake Superior storm in 1975 that sent the latter freighter to its doom. It was the last ship to have radio contact with the Fitzgerald’s captain.

The big cargo hauler has been in dry dock in Duluth, Minn. since early 2016. Some thought she would never make Great Lakes runs again.

It must be spring! The shrink wrap is off our tall ship Friends Good Will! ⚓😃
04/03/2019

It must be spring! The shrink wrap is off our tall ship Friends Good Will! ⚓😃

What does it take to build a tall ship? Capt. Hugh Covert and his wife Julie will give an engaging presentation about wo...
04/02/2019

What does it take to build a tall ship? Capt. Hugh Covert and his wife Julie will give an engaging presentation about working for three years, seven days a week, to build Schooner Huron Jewel, with the help of over 50 volunteers and 24 gallons of peanut butter pretzels. Come see why it was worth them emptying their retirement accounts to make this Great Lakes dream come true! The Coverts will be presenting at the Michigan Maritime Museum Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm. Admission is $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors and free to Museum members. See you there!

Maintenance on the USCG motor lifeboat 36460 gives the Museum an opportunity to care for and preserve a vessel that is o...
04/01/2019

Maintenance on the USCG motor lifeboat 36460 gives the Museum an opportunity to care for and preserve a vessel that is on long term loan to us from Jeff Shook. Thanks to our committed volunteers: Bob M., Terry H., Sue F., Al B., Dede B., and Kirk H. Last week we prepared the vessel for painting and by the end of this week she'll be shinning. Great job everyone!

The Museum is open in April on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, with last admissions at 4 pm. Enjoy ...
04/01/2019

The Museum is open in April on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, with last admissions at 4 pm. Enjoy the spring weather and come visit us!

It is #ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrat...
03/28/2019

It is #ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with this late 1800's photo of the schooner Day Spring...named for our current season! Day Spring can be seen here unloading lumber in the South Haven harbor.

By this time, South Haven was growing into an important commercial port for southwestern Michigan. Sawmills were busy and since the immediate area was already lumbered-out, schooners like Day Spring imported wood from northern Michigan. But, as the lumber came in, the fruit went out...as South Haven peaches and other fruit were already famous! Who's ready for some fresh Michigan fruit?

The new book "Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses" by local author Dianna Stampfler is now available to purchase in the Museu...
03/27/2019

The new book "Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses" by local author Dianna Stampfler is now available to purchase in the Museum's Book Nook. The book is part of the "Haunted America" series by the History Press and the first chapter is all about the South Haven Lighthouse Keeper's Dwelling! This spooky title is sure to fly off the shelves, pick up your copy today! Michigan Haunted Lighthouses

The Great Lakes 2019 navigation season officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. today, with the first 1,000-footer to ply the...
03/25/2019
Soo Locks’ first ship of 2019 is Great Lakes’ first 1,000-foot freighter

The Great Lakes 2019 navigation season officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. today, with the first 1,000-footer to ply the inland seas snagging this year’s bragging rights as the first ship through the Soo Locks.

The Stewart J. Cort, owned by Interlake Steamship Co., was the first big ship through the locks in Sault Ste. Marie, kicking off the 2019 shipping season.

Happy #MotivationMonday! 😃⚓
03/25/2019

Happy #MotivationMonday! 😃⚓

Looking for a something fun and educational this summer for your child? Sign them up for the Michigan Maritime Museum ST...
03/24/2019

Looking for a something fun and educational this summer for your child? Sign them up for the Michigan Maritime Museum STEM Kids Summer Camp...registration is now open!

The camp includes hands-on activities, lessons aboard our tall ship Friends Good Will, campus tours, and a cruise on the late 19th century replica river launch Lindy Lou. For questions or to register contact [email protected] or call 269-637-8078 ext. 3.

We entered Jamestown Distributors "Winter Workshop" photo contest...the Museum didn't win--but it is a lovely shot of Fr...
03/22/2019

We entered Jamestown Distributors "Winter Workshop" photo contest...the Museum didn't win--but it is a lovely shot of Friends Good Will from the warmth of the Padnos Boatshed!

Francis Peet
Michigan Maritime museum
We work on our Tall Ship " Friends Good Will" year round. This is her bracing again the ice of January.

#ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! #OnThisDayInHistory in 1953 the car ferry Badger made her ma...
03/21/2019

#ThrowbackThursday with our historic photograph collection! #OnThisDayInHistory in 1953 the car ferry Badger made her maiden voyage across Lake Michigan. The ship still shuttles between Ludington, MI & Manitowoc, WI...a distance of 62 miles. It is the last coal-fired passenger vessel operating on the Great Lakes! The Badger is pictured here in her home port in Ludington, MI. 📸: Michigan Maritime Museum collection.

"Spring is officially here and Mother Nature seems well aware, as Lake Michigan begins to thaw at a rapid pace. The moti...
03/20/2019
Gorgeous ice shards are piling up along Lake Michigan

"Spring is officially here and Mother Nature seems well aware, as Lake Michigan begins to thaw at a rapid pace. The motion of the water underneath the ice has pushed up sheets of ice into a mesmerizing stacked pattern."

This is what the ice shards look like in South Haven.

Our river launch Lindy Lou is back and scheduled for maintenance to get her ready for the season. It is a sure sign that...
03/20/2019

Our river launch Lindy Lou is back and scheduled for maintenance to get her ready for the season. It is a sure sign that spring is finally here! ⚓

We love this vibrant view from a launch on the Museum's campus! Use #michiganmaritimemuseum for a chance to be featured ...
03/18/2019

We love this vibrant view from a launch on the Museum's campus! Use #michiganmaritimemuseum for a chance to be featured across our social media pages. Repost from Instagram friend @chachel_marie. ⚓️

Happy #MotivationMonday! 😃⚓
03/18/2019

Happy #MotivationMonday! 😃⚓

South Haven will take a step back in history as it celebrates its sesquicentennial this year. The town’s 150-year hist...
03/16/2019
150 years of 'beautiful sunsets'

South Haven will take a step back in history as it celebrates its sesquicentennial this year. The town’s 150-year history will be commemorated throughout the year through a series of events now being planned by a committee consisting of two dozen organizations and businesses...including the Michigan Maritime Museum! ⚓

SOUTH HAVEN — South Haven will take a step back in history as it celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.

Our lovely lakefront community of South Haven will be celebrating a special moment in history this year with the celebra...
03/16/2019

Our lovely lakefront community of South Haven will be celebrating a special moment in history this year with the celebration of its Sesquicentennial! It was 150 years ago (back in 1869) that South Haven was incorporated as a village. The Museum, along with several other South Haven non-profits and organizations, will be celebrating the Sesquicentennial by hosting events throughout the year.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community and not only to appreciate where we have been, but also look forward towards an exciting future. For more information on activities and the Sesquicentennial visit www.southhaven.org/150.

Earlier this week Captain Bob was invited as a special guest reader to KidZone in South Haven as part of their preschool...
03/15/2019

Earlier this week Captain Bob was invited as a special guest reader to KidZone in South Haven as part of their preschool March is Reading Month program. They read "Sheep on a Ship", made sailor hats, and sang a sea shanty. It's always a highlight to share our love of all things maritime with young students. Thank you, KidZone for inviting us!

#OnThisDayInHistory in 1878, lighthouse keepers Aaron & Julia Sheridan and their infant son lost their lives when their ...
03/15/2019
Great Lakes tragedy: Anniversary of lighthouse keepers, baby's deaths in Lake Michigan

#OnThisDayInHistory in 1878, lighthouse keepers Aaron & Julia Sheridan and their infant son lost their lives when their small boat overturned in northern Lake Michigan on their way back to South Manitou Island and their beloved lighthouse. Read their story here.

A sudden storm that swept through Northern Michigan in the spring of 1878 was blamed for overturning their small boat.

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