2018-02-08 / Life in Leelanau

Visitors visit and learn about Maritime Heritage


LARRY HATHAWAY of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) demonstrates his marlinspike seamanship skills by splicing a loop into a dock line during an MHA open house Saturday in Greilickville. LARRY HATHAWAY of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) demonstrates his marlinspike seamanship skills by splicing a loop into a dock line during an MHA open house Saturday in Greilickville. A steady stream of visitors stopped by the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) headquarters at the Discovery Center in Greilickville on Saturday during an open house.

The event featured live music, demonstrations of marlinspike skills, and up-close looks at MHA’s project to construct a replica of a 25-foot fur trader’s bateau, a light flat-bottomed boat historically used in rivers and coastal area of the Great Lakes.

Tours of MHA’s facilities included the association’s model boat building shop and a historic small craft collection. The non-profit organization operates historic sailing craft from Discovery Pier directly across M-22 from the Discovery Center in Elmwood Township.


LIVE MUSIC provided by guitarist Liam Wesley and fiddler Shaun Anchak during an open house at the Maritime Heritage Alliance boatbuilding shop in Grelickville on Saturday. LIVE MUSIC provided by guitarist Liam Wesley and fiddler Shaun Anchak during an open house at the Maritime Heritage Alliance boatbuilding shop in Grelickville on Saturday. Anyone seeking more information about MHA may visit it at the Discovery Center at 13268 S. West Bay Shore Drive (M-22), phone 946-2647, or visit the group’s website.



THE FRAME of a flat-bottom “bateau” of the type used by French trappers in the Great Lakes region centuries ago was on display in the Maritime Heritage Alliance boatbuilding shop during an open house on Saturday. THE FRAME of a flat-bottom “bateau” of the type used by French trappers in the Great Lakes region centuries ago was on display in the Maritime Heritage Alliance boatbuilding shop during an open house on Saturday.

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