GREAT LAKES MARITIME INSTITUTE

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P.O. Box 1990;   Dearborn, MI 48121

313-791-8452

The Great Lakes Maritime Institute is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes the history and maritime heritage
of the Great Lakes through model shipbuilding, preservation projects and educational programs.



Updated February 23, 2018

A BI-CENTENNIAL MARITIME CRUISE ON THE DETROIT RIVER - MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018

In commemoration of the arrival of the steamboat WALK-IN-THE-WATER, the Great Lakes Maritime Institute is sponsoring a six-hour cruise from Wyandotte to Detroit aboard the M/V PORTOFINO.   

You will arrive at Detroit's Bates Street dock and stroll to Mariners' Church, where you will tour the building and honor Julia Ann Anderson, the founder of Mariners' Church.  She and her husband were aboard the WALK-IN-THE-WATER for its first trip on August 27, 1818. 


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The day will start with an 11:00 AM barbecue lunch at Portofino Restaurant, 3455 Biddle Avenue, in Wyandotte.   At 12:00 Noon the group will board the M/V PORTOFINO for a cruise to the foot of Bates Street where the steamboat WALK-IN-THE-WATER arrived 200 years ago.  Then a short walk to Mariner's Church to tour and commemorate the arrive of the founder of this venerable Detroit landmark.  The group will proceed to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority building, where marine artist and historian Robert McGreevy will highlight the first steamboat on the upper lakes. 

SEATING IS LIMITED.  TICKETS ARE $75.00 WHICH INCLUDES LUNCH AND BEVERAGES. 
CASH BAR AVAILABLE.

Note that Great Lakes Maritime Institute members receive a 10% discount on tickets.

To order tickets via U.S. Mail, click here for order form

To pay for tickets on-line, use one of the buttons below:

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One of the stained-glass windows at Mariners' Church shows the WALK-IN-THE-WATER and date:
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Other artwork at the church recognizes the WALK-IN-THE WATER and its history with Mariners Church
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Custom House Ledger from August 27, 1818 references the WALK-IN-THE-WATER:

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Updated February 28, 2017

The Great Lakes Maritime Institute’s most recent project was the recovery of the 6,000 pound bow anchor of the S.S. GREATER DETROIT and its exhibition at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority building. On November 15, 2016, the anchor was successfully raised and on National Maritime Day, May 22, 2017,  it was dedicated in a display at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Building. 

Newspaper article with video of the anchor being raised.

Newspaper article showing the anchor dedication.

To learn more about the history of the SS GREATER DETROIT, Click Here

In July 1992 GLMI carried out a similar project when the anchor of the S.S. EDMUND FITZGERALD was recovered from the bottom of the Detroit River. That anchor is currently resting in the yard of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

By using the Detroit River webcam that is mounted on the top of the William Clay Ford Pilothouse you are able to see the anchor from the S.S. EDMUND FITZGERALD on Belle Isle.

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The GLMI’s last anchor fundraiser also provided the funds to send a recovery team to Baltimore, Maryland where the S.S. SOUTH AMERICAN was being scrapped in 1992. The group recovered a number of artifacts from the vessel just before it was dismantled. Our group was fortunate to have the opportunity to recover a number of port holes and document the condition of the vessel before it was destroyed in a fire while it was being scrapped.

The GLMI also helped pay for the installation of the S.S. WILLIAM CLAY FORD pilothouse, a thirty by thirty foot steel and glass addition to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. This artifact was taken off the vessel  intact before it was scrapped. When one visits the Dossin Great Lakes Museum you will be walking into an actual working pilothouse from a Great Lakes freighter that was built at the Great Lakes Engineering Works at River Rough/Ecorse, Michigan.

The Detroit River webcam was one of the projects that the GLMI was able to help fund. It allows an individual to actually control the camera that is mounted on the mast of the S.S. WILLIAM CLAY FORD pilothouse.



                         

     
Posted August 25, 2013:

Recovered artifacts from the Str. REGINA are being prepared for auction at the annual GLMI dinner, scheduled for October 27, 2013 at Blossom Heath in St. Clair Shores.  On August 20, volunteers from GLMI and International Shipmasters Association met to clean and prepare various artifacts.  Click Here for details and pictures of the cleaning project.
     

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2012 GLMI project:

War of 1812 Bicentennial Cruise on the Detroit River
July 8, 2012

Click Here for a summary of our War of 1812 Bicentennial Cruise on the Detroit River - held on July 8, 2012


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In July, 1812, the Michigan Militia, under the command of Captain Antoine Dequindre, brought a cannon to the Rouge River and sank a British gunboat.




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