Below the Mackinaw Bridge: Sailing on the Inland Seas

The date is July 6, 2016 and I’m standing at the helm of the tall ship Inland Seas, a two-masted, gaff rigged schooner like the ones that sailed the Great Lakes back in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. I’m guiding her through the Straits of Mackinaw in northern Lake Michigan towards the bridge, into LakeContinue reading “Below the Mackinaw Bridge: Sailing on the Inland Seas”

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The Schoolship and The Challenger

There is something nostalgic and even romantic about the Great Lakes and the big boats that come and go each day carrying their heavy loads to unknown ports. Maybe it’s because of the many stories we’ve heard of violent storms and shipwrecks, or maybe it’s because the big freighters seem to stay in service and our memories a long time. For itContinue reading “The Schoolship and The Challenger”

A Volunteer Schoolship Instructor

  I am just finishing up Schoolship training for the upcoming 2014 season which will begin the first of May. It is good to refresh my memory since it has been since last October, when the Schoolship season ended, that I was immersed in Great Lakes Science. It brings to mind my first year going through the training thatContinue reading “A Volunteer Schoolship Instructor”

Change of Watch at Inland Seas

  Tom Kelly being presented the ships wheel and Fred Sitkins on his left My wife and I recently attended a Change of Watch ceremony held at the History Center in Traverse City, MI. I had never heard the term “Change of Watch ceremony” before receiving the invitation from Inland Seas Education Association so IContinue reading “Change of Watch at Inland Seas”

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