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The mouth of the Leland River, signi ed as a federal “harbor of refuge,” wasn’t always so welcoming to sailors.
In fact, the Harbor of today that takes in Fishtown was once a dangerous place in times of heavy seas.
Take, for example, a story in the July 4, 1963, edition of the Leelanau Enterprise entitled, “Buck Heavy Seas, Wind To Avert Lake Tragedy.”
The story relates how a four-man crew aboard the  shing tug Janice Sue that is still operated by the Fishtown Preservation Society battled heavy winds and 10-foot waves to tow a disabled vessel to safety.
The  shtug crew rescued the Smiling Thru, a semi-retired
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