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Craftsman to Teach Boat Building Basics at Maritime Museum

11-Feb-2016

As part of its annual brown bag lecture series, the Michigan Maritime Museum will host Allen Deming, a craftsman and owner of Mackinaw Watercraft. Deming’s lecture, “You Can Build a Wooden Boat,” will be from 12-1 p.m. on February 27. Deming began crafting custom wood canoe.... Read More

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Charlevoix the Beautiful

Charlevoix the Beautiful

Charlevoix, Michigan
27-Feb-2015

As the drawbridge lifts and we motor between Lake Michigan and Charlevoix’s Round Lake, the only thing missing is the blare of a trumpet or two. Like visiting royalty is the best way we can describe how we’re feeling, as spectators smile or shout “Hello!” from nearby benches and balconies lining the Pine River channel. We respond from the deck with our best renditions of a float-queen wave. It’s probably just the unseasonable sunshine and the crowd appeal of our vessel — the 114-foot Traverse City-based tall ship Manitou — that lends the sense of being honored guests to this vacation kingdom as we pass through the grand opening. The entry itself isn’t all that exclusive, nor are we the first to discover this one-time vacation playground in the early 1900s dubbed “Queen of the Northern Resort Country.” Since 1859, this and the five bridges that came before have been raised more than 550,000 times, according to Dave Miles of the Charlevoix Historical Society, as vessels from around the world came calling. Many more have glided through, from simple early canoes to some of the biggest passenger boats to ply the inlan.....

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