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
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.
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
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.
order tickets via U.S. Mail, click here for
To pay for tickets on-line, use one of the buttons
One of the stained-glass windows at
Mariners' Church shows the WALK-IN-THE-WATER and
Other artwork at the church recognizes the
WALK-IN-THE WATER and its history with Mariners
Custom House Ledger from August 27, 1818
references the WALK-IN-THE-WATER:
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
article with video of the anchor being raised.
article showing the anchor dedication.
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.
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
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,
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
2012 GLMI project:
War of 1812 Bicentennial Cruise on
the Detroit River
July 8, 2012
Here for a summary of our War of 1812
Bicentennial Cruise on the Detroit River - held
on July 8, 2012
1812, the Michigan Militia, under the command
of Captain Antoine Dequindre, brought a cannon
to the Rouge River and sank a British gunboat.
Obituary: Bill Moss
"The Artist of Detroit"
Live Detroit River Web Cam
Webcam Project now
Memorial service WEBCAST
The Building of the
City of Cleveland Bell
Final bid $9,100
Dossin Museum Driving