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Enjoy The Summer With Lindy Lou
After your cruise on the
Lindy Lou, celebrate sum-
mer with the light crisp
taste of Lindy Lou wines.
For a more traditional
and serious wine may
we suggest the award The Michigan Maritime Museum Newsletter
winning Friends Good Spring 2011
Will Red and White. Volume XXVIII Number I
All four are available at
selected retail outlets and
bars throughout south-
Cruisin’ Down The River Exhibit
western Michigan. And, Truly A Community Effort
if you love ice cream Some 90 Museum members and guests attended the Grand Opening of the new Cruisin’ Down the River exhibit in the Ak-
you’ll want to try Lindy ers Gallery on April 30. The exhibit is timed to dovetail with the introduction of the Museums new Lindy Lou River Launch.
Lou Chocolate Cherry
Ice Cream! It’s this The new Cruisin’ Down the River exhibit that opened April Do-it Corporation of South Haven donated the printing
summer’s sensation at 30 in the Akers Gallery at the Museum has truly been a of over thirty 4’X8’ full color panels that make up the
Sherman’s outlets in and labor of love for a large cast of volunteers from the South backbone of the exhibit. John’s Stereo donated the music
Haven area. The exhibit traces the history and signifi- system that plays songs from the era in the exhibit area.
around South Haven.
cance of the Black River from 1850 to the present, with a Additional donations were made by Brunvand Associates
Michigan Maritime Musuem thanks St. Julian Wine Co. and Sherman’s Dairy for their support. special emphasis on the years 1890 through 1930. Over (video and audio editing), Lakeshore Paint (the entire
200 photos tell the story of early lumbering, boat build- gallery was given a fresh coat of paint) and a grant from
ing, shipping, passenger steamboats, commercial fishing, Albemarle Foundation. In addition to photos from the
resorts, river launches and a myriad of other subjects of Museum and HASH archives, several area photogra-
historical interest. phers donated their photos to the effort. Professional de-
Joining Museum volunteers in preparing the effort were sign and layout for the exhibit was provided by Hillman
volunteers from the Historical Association of South Associates of Saugatuck.
The exhibit is timed to coincide with the launching of
the Museum’s newest historical attraction, Lindy Lou, now
scheduled to be in the water by July.
Dr. Don Harrell, John Mitchell, David Schlaack,
and Dick Curtis smile for the camera in front of
the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Mary Hoppes and Mike Winkel listen to Gary Horton
South Haven, MI 49090 Association display. who appears to be talking with his hands
260 Dyckman Avenue Haven (HASH), Two Rivers Coalition (a Van Buren
Permit No. 24 County group that promotes clean water efforts), and the
South Haven, MI Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association
U.S. POSTAGE (a group dedicated to clearing the river for kayak and
canoe traffic from South Haven to Bangor).
Dick Brunvand, Charlotte Giesler (back to camera),
Rich Verner, and Louis Brunvand at the exhibit opening.
Keel Club Members 2012
Like the Keel of a ship, the Keel Club is the very foundation of the Museum. Every year Keel
Club members contribute over 80% of the total dollars donated to the Museum. If you are at
the regular Ensign or Captain level, we encourage you to consider upgrading to this ultimate
A Message From Our Director
level of membership. We thank the following Keel Club Members:
Edward Asplundh Jr. Patrick & Jan Frizzo/Allkins Mark McClendon Orley & Gloria Vaughan
As we approach our busy 2011 season, the excitement and John & Joan Bemis Dana Getman Cleo Miller Katherine Winkel
David & Helen Bergman Peggy Harrington Preston & Barbara Parish Mike & Linda Winkel
optimism at the Michigan Maritime Museum is apparent and
Brian Bosgraaf Ed & Jeannie Harris Reed Parker Ron & Robin Wiser
growing stronger each day. Each day is filled with new goals Sherwood & Sharon Boudeman Gary & Karen Horton Fred & Karen Reams Don & Dormah Woodhams
and challenges, but with the commitment, and the collabora- David & Mary Lynn Bugge Mike & Susan Knytych Ann Smith James & Maggie Woodruff
Our Mission: The Michigan Maritime Mu-
seum is dedicated to the preservation of Michigan tion of our membership and supporters, we continue to evolve John & Barbara Busch Roy Koppelman Mike & Susan Smith John Woolham
Great Lakes, waterways, maritime history, and to yet another level. Bob & Jane Copping Jerry & Betty Mason James & Lynn Spurr Emily Winkel Ziegler
culture. The Museum will provide a maritime Betty Davis Pete & Susan Mathews Eric & Debbie Standen
education to the public. Taking part in the completion of our new exhibit Cruisin’Down Allen & Arlene Dickerson Joanne McClendon John & Carol Trittschuh
the River has been such a rewarding experience. To see the
Our Vision: The Michigan Maritime Mu-
efforts of so many individuals and organizations coming * Keel club memberships require a yearly contribution of $1000 or more.
seum will become a nationally renowned maritime
research, preservation, and educational center that together, and playing such a significant role in producing an
is financially viable, dynamic and inviting, meaning- exhibition that will be enjoyed by so many members of our
fully serving the broadest possible public.
community and visitors was absolutely amazing!
Board of Trustees We are so fortunate to have such talent and passion in our Do you have a skill or interest that you would like to exercise? All of our working committees
Gary Horton - President at the Michigan Maritime Museum are chaired and staffed by Volunteers. We would love to
community. You can all be very proud.
Cleo Miller - Vice President put your capabilities to work. Call Patti Montgomery at 269- 637-8078.
Norris Bryson - Secretary The Lindy Lou cruise schedule has been set and the tickets are
Robert Hoppes - Treasurer already selling on line! Yes, the pressure may be on to com- Education: Diane Schlanser & Arlene Dickerson as Acting Co-Chairs
Brian Bosgraaf plete the finish work and get her in the water, but we have Exhibits: Richard Edwards, Chair
Bob Copping Finance and Planning: Bob Hoppes, Chair
just the team to get it done! This on-water experience is really
Arlene Dickerson Friends Good Will: Jim Spurr, Chair
creating a buzz around town and we are very hopeful that it Grants: Sandy Bryson, Chair
Charolette Giesler will also help our financial well-being. How great it is... and she Grounds and Facilities: Jim Schneider, Chair
Susan Knytych is paid in full! Library and Collections: Pete Mathews, Chair
Pete Mathews Lindy Lou: Jim Schneider, Chair
Much growth is evident in so many areas of the Museum.
Joanne McClendon Marketing and Communications: Gary Horton, Chair
We have a new active Education Committee, an Engineer- Membership and Development: Arlene Dickerson, Chair
Eli Thomssen ing Committee, five new committed Board Members coming Museum Store: Maggie Woodruff, Chair
Maggie Woodruff on to serve, and a membership foundation that is climbing Nominations: Mike Winkel, Chair
and getting more involved. The leadership of our Board has
been strong, and difficult decisions were made to restore our
Patti Montgomery - Executive Director security. These challenges are by no means over, but with your
Katie Bliel - Volunteer / Education Coordinator help we can continue to follow our mission and perhaps one
David Ludwig - Padnos Boat Director day meet our vision.
Mike Robertson - Intern Coordinator It is a privilege to work with all of you. I must say, I feel good
Adele Arlitt - Captain about what I am doing, and I look forward to having some fun
this summer! Don’t be a stranger... stop by and catch the fever.
The Michigan Maritime Museum is located at It will make you feel good as well.
260 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven, Michigan
Toll Free (800) 747-3810
(269) 637-8078 Executive Director
Fax (269) 637-1594
Collection & Research Library (269) 637-9156
www. m i c h ig a n maritime mu s eu m. o rg
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Consumer’s Energy Museum Store Stocked for Cruisin’ Down The River
Employee Match Brings a Summer Season With the anticipated arrival of the Michigan Maritime Museum’s Lindy Lou, river launch offering tours up and down the Black River, in addition to
the new exhibit in the Akers Gallery, we asked Museum Registrar Judy Schlaack just what a visitor would experience on the Black River a century ago.
$900 Donation to the Museum AHOY! Season 2011 is on the horizon…and the Season
is dead ahead for an exciting and enthusiastic time at the There it is! After a leisurely voyage across Lake Michigan the river. Soon it reaches Riverside Park, with Mooney’s Park
For a number of years, Tom Jarosch a Consumer’s
employee, and Jim Milan, a Consumer’s retiree, Michigan Maritime Museum. The new museum exhibit from Chicago, the lighthouse on the south pier of South nearby. Passengers are off to enjoy a day of dancing, vaude-
have played a valued role in generating funds for Cruisin’ Down the River is outstanding, setting the stage for all Haven is sighted. The great steamship, SS City of South Haven, ville or just to picnic. A one-legged entertainer, Charles
the Museum. The Consumer’s Energy Foundation sorts of new merchandise! Many items are a compliment slows to enter the busy harbor. On the right is the U.S. Life Kilpatrick, performs stunts on his bicycle. Several families
matches their volunteer hours at the Museum with a to the historic features of this exhibit and the launch of the Saving Service station; on the left is the Donahue Boat Livery. choose check into cozy accommodations along the way, such
commensurate financial donation. Tom is a member 1890s river boat, The Lindy Lou. We have Lindy Lou t-shirts, On the hill above the U.S.L.S.S. station, renowned lighthouse as the Dreamland, Vineland or Happy-Go-Lucky Resorts.
of our Traditional Small Craft Association chapter, Lindy Lou etched wine glasses, Lindy Lou mugs, Lindy Lou keeper Captain Donahue waves from the yard of the keeper’s When the visitors must return to their reality, the launch
and Jim is a reserve captain for Friends Good Will. hats! The Ship’s Store is brimming with other new items… dwelling. The cable ferry darts across the river, connecting travels down the Black River, past the mills, the resorts, the
Their volunteer hours in 2010 resulted in a recent and the favorites have been replenished! Our Kids Corner South Haven’s north and south sides. A few old schooners,
$900 Consumer’s donation. Tom has been helping to campgrounds and pastures. The people board the great ships
is enhanced with new, interesting toys, puzzles, and cloth- such as the X-10-U-8, are docked as lumber is loaded in their of the day, including, perhaps, the SS Eastland. When a vessel
build a Gloucester Light Dory for sale as a museum holds at the John Noud Lumber Yard at the foot of Maple
ing. Our pirate selection is the best ever, for both children reaches Chicago first, the tune “The Girl I Left Behind” can
fund-raiser. This summer, Jim will continue to serve
and adults. Our books continue to be our best seller. Of Street. A steam locomotive chugs along the riverfront, ready be heard across the waves to the slower vessels.
as a reserve captain for Friends Good Will and also for
the Lindy Lou. Their work on behalf of MMM is most course, we are big on nautical, and this Season we are fea- to pick up passengers heading to inland destinations.
turing lovely hooked nautical pillows that will perk up any Little can these visitors imagine that, in 100 years, all these
appreciated. The SS City of South Haven ties up at the Dunkley-Williams
sofa or chair in one’s setting. Also, our all-weather jacket, sources of their pleasure would be gone. The Chautauqua
Other museum volunteers are urged to check with docks near the Dyckman Avenue Bridge. Another pas- would be replaced with a maritime museum, railroad tracks
in nautical gold, is the perfect wrap for our transitional senger steamer, the SS City of Kalamazoo, which was built on
their employers to see if they have a matching pro- would become a bike trail, waterfront businesses would evolve
gram that will benefit the Museum. Michigan weather, serving one well over the course of the the banks of the Black River in South Haven, has already
Season, and years to come. We added a great selection of into upscale homes and condominiums, lumber docks and
discharged its enthusiastic passengers; they are off to explore coal piles would be replaced with a municipal park and pas-
new hoodies and sweatshirts, in both adult and children’s all that the little town has to offer. Some gather for lunch at
sizes to ease us through Spring and those cool Summer senger docks would be a restaurant and shopping district.
the Silver Hook restaurant; others visit the shops and movie International freight ships would come and, also, disappear.
Debt Reduction Still Top Priority evenings. The start of the Season is the opportune time to houses while many spend their vacation time on the beautiful Large yachts, speed-boats, sailboats, and fishing craft will
find a great selection in place, so if you are looking for just sandy beaches. Families board surreys that take them to the
that right item for yourself or a gift, do stop by soon! command the river. Perhaps one facet could be experienced
For almost 3 years now, no discussion of the Museum’s numerous resorts such as the Marsland or to guest farms such again. Might visitors get to experience a covered launch up
financial future could take place without careful con- The Michigan Maritime Museum is always in need of as Sunnybrook for their stay. Others hurry across the bridge the Black River on a beautiful summer day?
sideration of the debt being carried on the Museum more volunteers, which includes the Ship’s Store. Volun- to the Chautauqua, perhaps to ride the roller coaster, picnic
books. At the beginning of fiscal year 2009 the Mu- teers are truly the heart beat of operations at the Museum. in Oakland Park or board a covered launch for a leisurely
seum owed over $536,000 and was barely able to make If you know of anyone who might like to be involved in excursion up the river.
monthly interest payments. The Museum’s future was our interesting, fun and heart warming activities here, The launch trip is the choice. The handy little vessel Swan,
truly at risk! In the ensuing two and a half years the please help them find their way to our door, or call the with its 15 passengers, must wait for the Dyckman Avenue
debt has been shaved to just over $330,000 and by Museum office. Bridge to swing open for the trip upstream. Above the bridge
the end of 2011 we will be in sight of the Museum
We look forward to seeing you all on the MMM campus we first see the Merlin-Winkel Piano Company on the left
Business Plan debt target of $300,000—almost a year
this Season--- then a sawmill on the right. Here logs from the Michigan for-
ahead of schedule. Good fortune, favorable interest
est become lumber to build growing cities such as Chicago. It
rates, and tremendous support by donors and members
Maggie Woodruff is said that the river was once cleared for nearly 25 miles for
have made this possible. There is certainly more to do
the log runs. Now branches of large trees sweep low over the
but it is no longer all consuming!
water. Soon Cold Springs Resort can be seen to the north.
Some visitors choose to “rough it” and stay in tents at small
campgrounds cleared in the woods at the waters’ edge. Herds “Dreamland Resort on the Black River. Cottages and Tents
of cows graze in farm pastures and a bounty of fruit grows in to rent. Board and Rooms By day, week, month or season”
Intern Returns! orchards, producing apples, pears and peaches. Jeanette Stieve Collection.
We would like to introduce and wel- a wonderful opportunity for both the Further up the Black River, the launch glides under the
come our new Administrative Assistant, museum and I to move forward. I hope Michigan Central Railroad trestle, taking the south branch of
Katie Bleil. Katie is a recent gradu- to gain many useful experiences and
ate of Central Michigan University to work to expand and enhance the
with a bachelor’s of science in history museum in any way I can.” We are very
and museum studies. She got started excited about Katie joining the Michi-
working at the Michigan Maritime gan Maritime Museum team. Her
Museum in 2010 working as an intern involvement in our Education program
involved heavily in our Education and and enthusiasm in maintaining and
Volunteer Coordination. “Working developing a strong volunteer program
with the children and in the office was is sure to give many of you a chance to
an exciting and eye-opening experi- get to know her. Please be sure to stop
ence that validated my love for museum by and introduce yourself and welcome
related jobs,” Katie said. “This job is her to her new position.
Amusement Park on current Museum location - Appleyard Collection
Postcard from 1904 - Jeanette Stieve Collection
Buy A Fine Rowing Boat And Support The Museum
Friends Good Will Schedules Out of Port Visits This spring, our Traditional Small Craft chapter is throw out a fishing line, teach the kids to row or take
building a Gloucester Light Dory for sale as a mu- some pictures early in the morning. This is the boat for
Friends Good Will, has begun her 7th season sailing from for some memorable photographs. seum fund-raiser. Designed as a great single by naval you.
the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. Also in October, Friends Good Will appears for second architect, Phil Bolger, the dory may also accommodate The dory comes with a nice pair of sassafras hand-
Though the ship will spend the majority of the summer time in Muskegon. Executive Director Patti Montgom- a lightweight oarsman and passenger. It was one of made oars by members of our TSCA chapter. It will
sailing season making day sails and sunset cruises from Bolger’s most popular and enduring designs. be painted a bright exterior color and have an-off
ery noted, “Our grants committee has met with great
the Orley dock at the Museum, she continues to be a success partnering with non-profits and schools, which Built of Okoume plywood, sassafras frames and white interior. Contact us by early June and choose
popular attraction at maritime events throughout the recognize and appreciate the unique educational aspects pine seats, the Gloucester Light Dory is an excel- your own colors. Cost: $2,500. The dory will be on
Great Lakes. As Captain Adele Arlitt takes command of of learning so many subjects from the deck of a historic lent boat for those who want to get out on the display at the Classic Boat Show, June 18, at the Mu-
the largely volunteer effort for the 2011 season, distant water quietly, poke around at the lake or harbor, seum, and if not sold by that date, it will be auctioned
replica sailing vessel. I am delighted to see the Michigan
destinations abound. off. For more details, contact: Patti Montgomery,
Maritime Museum and Friends Good Will able to partner Executive Director, at 1-800-747-3810.
The square topsail sloop, a faithful replica of a ship with other museums and non-profit organizations as
that actually sailed Lake Michigan in 1812, called upon well. Our trips to Muskegon and Traverse City are a Sandy Bryson
Muskegon in May, partnering with the Great Lakes direct result of deepening cooperative ties and reciprocal
Naval Memorial and Museum. invitations we have extended to other tall ships to visit
In July, she may participate in the Commemoration of South Haven.”
the Centennial of the Great Lakes Naval Training Sta- As for the Captain and crew... well, they are sailors and
tion, north of Chicago, IL. Discussions are ongoing, but their enthusiasm for the scheduled voyages can be easily
the Chair of the Friends Good Will Committee, Jim Spurr, assumed and well assured.
offered, “It would be most fitting for the United States
Navy, on the Great Lakes, to include in its ceremonies
such a vessel as Friends Good Will, reminding it of its deep Jim Spurr
roots of sacrifice and service on the inland seas.”
In August, Friends Good Will returns to two ports that
have historically appreciated Friends Good Will’s mis-
TSCA members work on the Light Dory. Gloucester Light Dory
sion and programs, Port Washington, WI and Chicago.
Because Friends Good Will is licensed to carry passengers,
she is often able to return to the festival organizers some
portion of the expense of her charter. Lindy Lou Nears
In September, Friends Good Will sails to Traverse City, Museum’s Annual Completion
having been invited often and finally being able to
attend the “Schooner Fest” hosted by The Maritime
Meeting Held May 18th
Heritage Alliance, owners and operators of the schoo- With all of the activity on the museum campus
ner Madeline and sloop Welcome.” It will mark the first this year there was no space on campus to hold
time the two sloops sail from the same dock. Friends Good the Museum’s Annual Meeting. Thanks to the
Will and Welcome are the only two square topsail sloops South Haven Yacht Club, a successful session
Friends Good Will flying her new replica 1812 Battle Flag
operating as tall ships in North America and with naval made by crewmember John Gritter.
was conducted at their facilities.
guns blazing, the occasion will present the opportunity Gary Horton was elected President of the
Board of Trustees. Brian Bosgraff, Richard
Edwards, Sue Knytych, Maggie Woodruff and
Joanne McClendon joined the after fulfill-
ing two three year terms each, trustees Mike
Taking Care of Business Winkel, Janice Varney, Dave Bergman and
All “not for profit” organizations struggle to distinct advantage over many “not for profits.” Jim Spurr left the board as did President Pete
find the right balance between donations and Our Business Plan established 70 percent as Mathews. All have indicated that they will
earned income. “Earned Income” is derived that slice of gross revenue that should come continue to serve as volunteers.
from many sources including admissions, store from earned income. In 2010 the Museum was After the meeting, President Emeritus Betty Andy James (foreground), employed by the Museum to direct the
income, and most importantly ticket sales for at 67 percent, and the FY2011 budget projects Davis hosted a reception at the club honoring finishing of the Lindy Lou, is shown in the Padnos Boat Shed
both the new and departing board members. working on her mahogany decking. At this point the boat is ready to
Friends Good Will and, starting this year, the 72 percent earned income.
have the frame added for the upper canvas awning. Andy says the
Lindy Lou. This revenue gives our Museum a
boat is on schedule to be in the water in July.
Michigan Maritime Museum Museum Registrar Coast Guard Exhibit Spring Clean Up
Names New Executive Director Judy Schlaack Hangs It Up...
April 16th brought the annual clean sweep, fore
Patti Montgomery has been appointed Executive Director of But She’s Not Off The Hook and aft, to the Museum’s Van Oort Boat House
the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. No stranger
Judy Schlaack, longtime Museum Registrar was honored Coast Guard exhibit.
to the organization, Montgomery was asked to assist the Mu-
during the grand opening ceremonies of the new Cruisin’
seum in the spring of 2009 as an Administrative Assistant to This exhibit features three life saving boats, a
Down the River exhibit in the Akers Gallery. Though of-
the Board of Trustees. She then accepted the role as Business Type SR pulling surf boat, a type SR motor surf
ficially retiring from the Registrar position she intends to
Director, and has enjoyed the new challenges this position has
continue volunteering at the Museum. boat, and 36’ Motor Life Boat. In addition the
introduced to her. She has spent many years working in the
tourism industry and was the General Manager of the Car- Judy started volunteering at the Museum in 1982 and Motor Surf Boat sits on a very rare special beach
riage House Bed & Breakfast for over ten years, reaching her became a part time employee in 1992. She has held the trailer that was intended to allow this boat to be
goal to become the first 4 Diamond position of Museum Registrar for the past ten years. launched off the beach. There were six of these
Rated Bed & Breakfast in the state For Judy, it has been a family affair right from the start. trailers built for sure, certainly no more than
of Michigan. Several years prior to Her maritime interest came naturally as she has a twelve. Also included in the display are a breeches
that she managed the South Haven multi-generational family history of Great Lakes sailors buoy, and a Lyle gun, a small cannon used to fire
Yacht Club where she was introduced and maritime devotees. Her father, Julius Allers, was a a rescue line to stranded vessels. The boats, buoy Naval Sea Cadets sprucing up the 36’ Motor Life Boat
to leisure boating on our Black River. commercial fisherman and long time Captain of the
She has served as a Board Member of Elsie J.; her children cut the ribbon when the Museum
and gun are all original and served on the Great
organizations including the Southwest opened for business in its current facility in 1985; and she Lakes They are not replicas.
Michigan Tourist Council and the has teamed with her husband Dave in mounting many This is the 17th annual clean up, according to
South Haven Visitors Bureau where exhibits over the years, including the “museumizing” of
she served as President for several John Wells. John and his wife Karen, long time
the commercial fish tug Evelyn S.
years and continues to serve on the museum members, benefactors and one time
Board, actively involved in the importance that tourism brings We’re glad she’s sticking around! trustees, started the practice to ensure that the
to the South Haven Community. brass and bronze parts of the boat weren’t al-
Pete Mathews, past President of the Museum’s Board of Trust- lowed to tarnish to the point of not being able
ees said, “We’ve been fortunate to have Patti with us over the to be cleaned, and to protect the painted canvas
past couple of years, she helped guide the Museum through a fenders and tops on these boats. The day now in-
difficult period and has certainly earned her new stripes.”
cludes cleaning the entire exhibit and boat house.
Montgomery is the sixth Executive Director in the Museum’s Over the years they have been assisted at various
35 year history. “It’s such an exciting time to take on this new
times by the South Haven, Kalamazoo, and St.
challenge!” Montgomery said, “Our membership has more
than doubled in the past two years, we’ve chipped away at our Joseph Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas, The Na-
val Sea Cadet Corps and our very special volun- Chief Kane with part of his crew from CG Sta. St Joseph.
debt, and we have several new attractions coming down the
river that are going to make the Museum more popular than Judy with husband Dave and grandsons, John and Jacob Kuhn
teers from Coast Guard Station St. Joseph. These
ever. I look forward to working with the many people that are so (back) and Jack and Henry Schlaack folks have come every year, by boat when weather
dedicated to the success of this organization! permits, by van when it doesn’t, to help preserve
It is something that none of us should take for granted as it these excellent examples of their service’s past.
provides so much for our area, both in education and tourism.”
The Eponymous Among US
Doris Akers (right) former time Michigan Maritime Museum
Executive Director and Betty Davis Chairman Emeritus of
the Museum, each with a gallery at the Museum bearing their
name, share a thought at the Sneak Preview of the new “Cruisin’
Down the River” exhibit. Gary Horton gave an illustrated pre-
sentation on the history and importance of the Black River to the
surrounding community. Jim Schneider followed up with a report “Two if by sea” part of the crew came via the stations 25’
on the history of River Launches and the progress being made in “Response Boat Small”
constructing our new Launch, Lindy Lou.
The Chief himself polishing the Fresnel Lens.
Friends Good Will Has Female at Helm For First Time 30th Classic Boat Show & Small Craft Festival
Saturday, June 18, 2011 10am-4pm
This article by Kim Ingalls appeared earlier this month in the South Haven Tribune. It’s a great introduction to our new Captain, Adele Arlitt.
June 18th promises to be a busy day at the museum this Toy boat building for kids has been a hit for the last two
year. Foundry Hall will provide music for the festivities, a years. Members of our Traditional Small Craft chapter will
Rose “Adele” Arlitt is not your typical grandmother. Then she and her son realized that little boats didn’t cost
maritime auction will be held, and the Museum’s Traditional again be ready to help young boaters who want to make a
She doesn’t spend a whole lot of time baking cookies much more than a clunker car, and before long, mother Small Craft Chapter will show off its recently built Glouces- boat and take it home. Bring your kids and grandchildren.
and knitting. Instead she lives the life of a sailor -- a job and son had taken training courses, received their Coast ter Light Dory. This is a fun day for the whole family. Hot dogs, brats and
typically done by males and those much younger than Guard licenses and sailed into a new life.
We expect a diverse show of about 50 boats. This seems to soda will be available. If you have a boat to show or know
her. “I feel younger now than I did when I was 40,” says Totally hooked, Arlitt spent the next 15 years on a ship
be the year for launches. The gasoline launch, Duchess, is someone who does, complete information and registration
Arlitt, 63, who is set to become the first female Captain decks. Whether she was swinging a sledge hammer on expected be there along with the steam launch, Willie. Wood forms for exhibitors is on the Museum’s web site: www.
of the Michigan Maritime Museum’s tall ship Friends an ore freighter in the Great Lakes or shuttling people in and canvas canoes, kayaks, fine rowing boats, gleaming michiganmaritimemuseum.org. Questions to boat show
Good Will. water taxis from the Chicago shoreline to their anchored motor boats and a variety of sailing craft will round out the coordinator, Sandy Bryson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sailing has been good for me. I’m stronger and there’s vessels, Arlitt had found her niche in life. show.
a spring in my step. It’s healthy work -- physically tiring, “When I found out that people would pay me to drive Sandy Bryson
but very healthy.” It may have taken more than a centu- boats, I wanted to drive them all,” laughs the self-pro-
ry for women to catch up with men in claimed life-time student. “I hopped
the workplace, but on the open waters, from one type of boat to another to
its still a male’s world. Yet, there are learn everything.”
some -- like Arlitt -- who are taking on One thing she did learn after ac-
roles that have primarily been male- cepting her captain’s position with
dominated. Friends Good Will -- it’s been a little
“It’s very unusual to see a woman in hard finding period clothing to fit a
the oil fields, “remarks Arlitt who cap- female figure.
Toy boat building is always a hit with the kids!
tained ships in Louisiana back in the “There were no female captains at The gaseleen launch the Duchess.
late ‘90s, sharing bunks and bathrooms the time,” she admitted. “And the
with her male crew members. “Being tailor that is making our clothing Museum Wraps Up A Third Season of Guest Lectures
the only woman can be fun. I told the didn’t think they could do female The Spring of 2011 wraps up the third consecutive the 1850s was recently discovered near the Manitou
crew that if they had a problem with it, britches. I just told them to do the season of lectures for Michigan Maritime Museum Passage.
just pretend I was their mother-in-law. best they can.” members and the general public. They represent a direct Rochele Pennington, with her book on Sir Ernest Shack-
It helps to be older.” example of the Michigan Maritime Museum fulfilling leton’s expedition in Endurance, inspired our audience
Friends Good Will is the only tall its mission and will continue as a popular diversion from with the successful qualities of leadership and the impor-
Being older doesn’t seem to slow Arlitt ship to sail the Great Lakes with a the South Haven winters. tance of determination and optimism in any voyage at
down. She and the Friends Good Will state-of-the-art, interactive, floating The final lecture of the season in April coincided with sea.
crew have been spending the winter classroom designed for year-round the sneak preview of the new exhibit on the Black River
Captain Adele on the Orley dock. Ted St. Mane presented his book focusing on passenger
getting the sloop ready to sail. A relief instruction. Fully approved by the U.S. in the Akers gallery and the soon to be completed rep- steam service upon the Great Lakes, which in a bygone
captain for the ship two years ago, she Coast Guard to carry passengers, the lica Museum river launch. Lindy Lou. Museum Trustee era was responsible for much economic development
left to go live with her daughter and her family for a historic war ship replica was built in New York by Scara- Gary Horton gave an illustrated talk on the history along the shores, including a positive impact upon South
while. When she knew she was coming back for the sum- no Boat Building which specializes in historic reproduc- and importance of South Haven’s Black River and Haven’s resort and tourism business.
mer, she contacted the museum and asked if they could tions. It set sail for the museum in 2004. the important role launches played in its past. Trustee
Jim Schneider gave a progress report on the finishing Jim Spurr
use her on the crew. Standing at the helm of a tall ship will be a new experi- touches being added to the Lindy Lou in the Padnos Boat
“Since my son and I came to South Haven many years ence for Arlitt. She’s looking forward to working with Shed located on the Museum campus.
ago and stopped in at the museum, we have had a con- the Ship’s Company, all of whom are members of the
Earlier in the season, Ken Vrana enthralled guests with
nection with it ever since,” Arlitt said. “This is an awe- museum. As they prepare for their first sail this month, the technology and obstacles overcome in studying and
some place and my motivation for coming back was to she knows that she will making history as the ship’s first mapping the debris field of R.M.S. Titanic, two miles
work with this incredible group of people.” female captain. beneath the ocean surface. The technology used by the
In fact, her son, Jim Schnieder, was captain of Friends “It’s an honor to come and be captain,” she says. “I’m Center for Maritime Underwater Maritime Resources
Good Will when it arrived at the museum in 2004, she getting really enthused about this because I like working was very impressive as Ken, a Michigan resident, has
logged more time exploring Titanic than perhaps all but
said. He became interested in sailing while in junior with this dedicated crew. It’s an exciting program.”
a handful of others, since her discovery in the 1980s.
high, and talked his mom into visiting boat yards around Tickets and schedule information for Friends Good Will
Chicago where they lived at the time. In her 40s, she Ross Richardson explained in great detail his research
are available online at: www.michiganmaritimemuseum. and study of the Westmoreland, reputed to the the “Gold
thought it was a safe thing to do with her kids. org. For more information, call the Michigan Maritime Ship of the Great Lakes.” The arched propeller from
“I always thought sailing was for other people,” she Museum at 269-637-8078 or visit its campus at 260
remembered. “I thought other people did that, not us.” Dyckman Ave.
Gary Horton presents at a “sneak preview” of the
Cruisin’ Down the River’exhibit.