2017-09-14 / Outdoors

Boats capture imaginations at open house


CREW MEMBERS of Madeline stand ready to welcome visitors aboard the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s flagship at Discovery Pier in Greilickville on Saturday morning. CREW MEMBERS of Madeline stand ready to welcome visitors aboard the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s flagship at Discovery Pier in Greilickville on Saturday morning. Sunny skies and calm waters greeted visitors at the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) Classic Paddle, Sail and Row Boat Show on Saturday in Greilickville.

Office Manager Michele Handke said the event offered a variety of activities and allowed the public “to mess around with boats” on Discovery Pier and at the Discovery Center along both sides of S. West Bayshore Drive (M-22) in Elmwood Township.

Howard Byrne of Traverse City said his affiliation with MHA has kept his wife happy now that he is retired.

“She told me I needed to work, so now I build these model boats here,” Byrne explained.

Real, full-size boats of all varieties were the main attraction at the event, however. Many were in the water, and some were on dry land. One set of boats were both places — voyager canoes launched from a nearby beach at Elmwood Township’s Greilickville Harbor Park.


MARITIME HERITAGE Alliance members survey a display of classic boats on Discovery Pier during the alliance’s open house Saturday. MARITIME HERITAGE Alliance members survey a display of classic boats on Discovery Pier during the alliance’s open house Saturday. An in-water display included the MHA’s schooner, Madeline; and the cutter, Champion; and a newly restored sloop, Witchcraft. The Inland Seas Education Association schooner, Utopia, was also open to the public. A dry-land boat display included MHA’s first Great Lakes boat building project; the 26-foot Mackinaw boat, Gracie L; as well as other restored boats from MHA’s fleet.


MODEL BOATBUILDER Howard Byrne of Traverse City puts his handiwork on display at the Maritime Heritage Alliance open house Saturday. MODEL BOATBUILDER Howard Byrne of Traverse City puts his handiwork on display at the Maritime Heritage Alliance open house Saturday. The association’s boat building workshop and indoor museum were also open to the public. Musical groups played and sang Celtic music and classic sea shanties as kids of all ages tried their hand at knot tying and making fancy rope bracelets.

Photos and story by Eric Carlson

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