space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Suring Struggles In Dual Meet With L-C, Collect 6 Total Wins
* Bulldogs Bounced By Marinette 7-6
* Marines Play To A 6-6 Tie Against Oconto
* Crivitz Ends Coleman's Winning Streak
* Peshtigo, Wausaukee Look To Rule M-O Softball

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Tales from the old-timer

Mystery Ship

By Jane Thibodeau Martin,

daughter of the Old-Timer



**********

I have very fond memories of the raising of the “Alvin Clark” wooden ship in 1969. The ship was built in 1847 and lost in a storm in 1864 in Green Bay. In 1967 it was found at the bottom of the bay, and in an extremely improbable feat, raised and brought to the Menominee River by a group of volunteers in 1969. I remember going with my parents to see it arrive under tow, still partially submerged and supported by cables slung under its hull, at the harbor mouth.

The old wooden ship held together for this salvage because the dark, cold fresh water of the bay preserved it for over one hundred years. The wood withstood the immense stress of the lift because it was built well by craftsmen and then salvaged with ingenuity. Most modern comparable salvages cost millions of dollars, but Frank Hoffman and his volunteer team did it on a shoestring.

It was called “The Mystery Ship” as a master stroke of marketing, but since the loss of a ship in those days was as dramatic as a plane crash is today, the loss was well-documented in newspapers of the time. I remember hearing interviews with Frank, where he expresses the hope of making it a tourist attraction, with money raised going to refit the hull and buy sails with the idea of sailing it from port to port around the Great Lakes. What a beautiful vision, the vision of a dreamer and so clearly evidence of the “can-do” attitude he had.

At one time it is reported that the “seaport” home of the ship, a dredged-out slot near the current campground behind the Menominee shopping center, received as many as 50,000 visitors a year. My family always took our out-of-town visitors to see it, and I was fascinated with the tiny berths of the crewmen, the small woodstove they used to cook, and the pot with 100-year old cheese still in it. When I looked at it, I didn’t see warping wood, I saw the romance of a wooden sailing ship plying Green Bay, bringing all the necessities of life to isolated communities using the wind that is still free today. I probably toured the ship more a dozen times and never tired of it. You can see pictures of the ship during the salvage and as a tourist attraction on the internet.

Unfortunately, there was nowhere near enough money to adequately preserve such a large (105 feet long) wooden artifact. Such salvaged vessels are preserved now with glycol solutions, undergoing a process that takes years to stabilize the wood. And of course this takes millions of dollars, and only the most critically important or historically significant wrecks are worthy of such expenditures. New laws now forbid the removal of artifacts from shipwrecks both in the Great Lakes and on the seacoasts of the United States. When old wooden vessels are discovered now, they are protected in the very water that preserves them. This is no doubt for the best, but limits the enjoyment of seeing them to divers.

The sad end of the deteriorating vessel was a sale to investors, followed by additional years of neglect. Sometime around 1994, the remains of the rotten vessel were bulldozed to make way for a parking area. I understand some of the artifacts from the ship are on display in Menominee although I am unsure where.

She was only one of thousands of small wooden sailing ships that went about their business on the Great Lakes before the turn of the century. At the same time, one man saw her as interesting, important, and worthy of preservation. It was a sad end to his dream.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-17-2014Sports
Suring Struggles In Dual Meet With L-C, Collect 6 Total Wins

04-17-2014Sports
Bulldogs Bounced By Marinette 7-6

04-17-2014Sports
Marines Play To A 6-6 Tie Against Oconto

04-17-2014Sports
Crivitz Ends Coleman's Winning Streak

04-17-2014Obituaries
Gloria R. Young

04-17-2014Obituaries
Maribeth Wunderlich

04-17-2014Obituaries
David W. Walker

04-17-2014Obituaries
Larry V. Pravechek

04-17-2014Obituaries
Gerald W. Polasky

04-17-2014
Dr. Randall W. Lewis

04-17-2014Obituaries
Alice A. Lentz

04-17-2014Obituaries
Hazel A. Krueger

04-17-2014Obituaries
Robert N. Kregel

04-17-2014Obituaries
Darrell N. Frisque

04-17-2014Obituaries
Claude E. Finnell

04-17-2014Obituaries
Eva A. Danz

04-17-2014Obituaries
Charolett Burton

04-17-2014Obituaries
Louis Bergles

04-17-2014Obituaries
Hazel A. Becker

04-17-2014Obituaries
Frank E. Partl

04-17-2014Obituaries
Ronald L. Nicklaus

04-17-2014Obituaries
Dean C. Krueger

04-17-2014Obituaries
Hans D. Krause

04-17-2014Obituaries
Wally E. Klatt

04-17-2014Obituaries
Colin John Kinziger

04-17-2014Obituaries
Ellsworth J. Johnson

04-17-2014Obituaries
Roy J. Jacques

04-17-2014Obituaries
Ruth M. Henschel

04-17-2014Obituaries
Harold A. Grandaw

04-17-2014Obituaries
Roxanne Geyer

04-17-2014Obituaries
Raymond A. Fechter

04-17-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-17-2014Perspectives
From our readers

04-17-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-17-2014News
SHS ‘56 Class Gathering Apr. 25

04-17-2014News
Gillett/Suring Clergy Cross Walk April 18

04-17-2014News
Grover School Takes Old Shoes

04-17-2014News
Lena KC To Hold Card Parties

04-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Hymn Sing at Wausaukee

04-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Lions to Clean Hwy. 180 April 26

04-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue Discuss Picnic

04-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Seeks Planning Members

04-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Easter Egg Hunt April 19

04-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Easter Recess at Crivitz School

04-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church To Host Marian Day

04-17-2014Community - Crivitz
T/Stephenson Acts On DNR Lease, Road Bids

04-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman High School Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

04-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board April 21

04-17-2014Community - Coleman
Lioness Raffle at Jiz’s Apr. 27

04-17-2014Community - Coleman
Pound Woman’s Club Announce Coming Events

04-17-2014Front Page
Marinette’s Main Street to Get More Beautification

04-17-2014Front Page
Malke is Peshtigo’s First Woman Mayor

04-17-2014Front Page
Schroeder, Just Again To Lead County Board

04-17-2014Front Page
BB Residents Keep Yards, Get 2-Foot Bike/Hike Paths

04-17-2014Front Page
SAVE 10

04-09-2014Front Page
Gov. Walker Signs Drug HOPE Bills In Marinette

04-09-2014Front Page
County Board to Reconsider County BB Project April 15

04-09-2014Front Page
Flood Alert For Porterfield Area

04-09-2014Front Page
Peshtigo Persons of Year Banquet April 13

04-09-2014Front Page
Marinette County Dispatch Gets 6,232 Calls in March

04-09-2014Sports
Peshtigo, Wausaukee Look To Rule M-O Softball

04-09-2014Sports
Second Place Finish In Shot For Huberty

04-09-2014Sports
Tough Opener For Marines, Fall Twice

04-09-2014Sports
Bulldogs Looking To Display Track Skills

04-09-2014Perspectives
From our readers

04-09-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-09-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-09-2014Community - Wausaukee
Winners in Final Benefit Card Party

04-09-2014Community - Wausaukee
Lions to Clean Hwy. 180 Apr. 26

04-09-2014Community - Wausaukee
“Let Me Be Frank” in Wausaukee Apr. 23

04-09-2014Community - Wausaukee
Hymn Sing at Wausaukee

04-09-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Library Culver’s Contest

04-09-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Teacher Receives Award

04-09-2014Community - Crivitz
National Library Week at Crivitz

04-09-2014Community - Crivitz
Rebel Grace Competes Again at Launchpad

04-09-2014Community - Coleman
Brazeau Fire Dept. Fundraiser April 12

04-09-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board to Meet

04-09-2014Community - Coleman
Lioness Raffle at Jiz’s Apr. 27

04-09-2014Community - Coleman
North East Riders Host ATV Course

04-09-2014News
Animal Shelter Raffle May 3

04-09-2014News
Town Lake Sets Special Meeting

04-09-2014News
Legion Commander’s Dinner is April 12th

04-09-2014News
Lena FFA, Alumni Host Rabies Vaccination Clinic

04-09-2014Obituaries
Betty J. Walters

04-09-2014Obituaries
Lydia Squier

04-09-2014Obituaries
Mavis Rogge

04-09-2014Obituaries
John B. Orlando

04-09-2014Obituaries
Ronald J. Noack

04-09-2014Obituaries
Dorothy J. Lindner

04-09-2014Obituaries
Virginia M. Lange

04-09-2014Obituaries
Fred Jaeger, Jr.

04-09-2014Obituaries
F.H. Jabas

04-09-2014Obituaries
Janie Marie Hanner

04-09-2014Obituaries
Thomas Nelson Haag

04-09-2014Obituaries
Donna M. Fournier

04-09-2014Obituaries
Roger Erickson

04-09-2014Obituaries
Verna M. Dishaw

04-09-2014Obituaries
Loretta F. Carviou

04-09-2014Obituaries
Diane J. Broadwater

04-09-2014Obituaries
Hazel A. Becker

04-02-2014Front Page
Dog Rescued, Advises Residents Avoid Thin Ice

04-02-2014Front Page
Tuesday Vote Nets Light Turnout, Few Changes

04-02-2014Front Page
City Peshtigo Elects First Woman Mayor

04-02-2014Front Page
Wausaukee Board Seeks To Reward Performance

04-02-2014Front Page
Mining, Load Limit Laws Major Topics For WTA

04-02-2014Sports
Larsen, Berth Earn Post-Season Honors

04-02-2014Sports
Annual DNR Fish And Game Hearings, Deer Meetings Set

04-02-2014Sports
M-O Baseball Favorites Battle Weather Issues To Get Rolling

04-02-2014Sports
Fischer, Crivitz Shine In Opener

04-02-2014Perspectives
From our readers

04-02-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

04-02-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-02-2014Community - Wausaukee
Open House For New Sienna Van

04-02-2014Community - Wausaukee
Antique Appraisal at Library April 5

04-02-2014Community - Wausaukee
Village Seeks Vendors for Farmers Market

04-02-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Centennial Committee Apr. 7

04-02-2014Community - Crivitz
Legion Gun, Knife Show on May 3

04-02-2014Community - Crivitz
Legion Commander’s Dinner is April 12th

04-02-2014Community - Crivitz
Photos For A Cause Apr. 9, 10

04-02-2014Community - Crivitz
CBA Easter Egg Hunt is April 19

04-02-2014Community - Coleman
Summer T-Ball Registration Apr. 12

04-02-2014Community - Coleman
Faith Christian School Fundraiser Auction Apr. 5

04-02-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman ‘74 Class Plans Reunion

04-02-2014Community - Coleman
CHS Wrestling Banquet April 13

04-02-2014News
Coleman Benefit Meat Raffle

04-02-2014News
Coleman Legion Raffle Sept. 27

04-02-2014News
Legion To Give 3 Scholarships

04-02-2014News
SC Rescue, Fire, Offers Scholarship

04-02-2014Obituaries
Dorothy M. Wood

04-02-2014Obituaries
Peggy A. Wardecke

04-02-2014Obituaries
James C. Van Hefty

04-02-2014Obituaries
Dorothy Van De Ven

04-02-2014Obituaries
Ronald L. Valenta

04-02-2014Obituaries
Pearl C. Schwanz

04-02-2014Obituaries
Richard J. Schmidt

04-02-2014Obituaries
Mary A. Risner

04-02-2014Obituaries
Robert Pesmark

04-02-2014Obituaries
John B. Orlando

04-02-2014Obituaries
Jerrilyn Naffier

04-02-2014Obituaries
Lloyd R. Morris

04-02-2014Obituaries
Barb J. Micech

04-02-2014Obituaries
Mildred Metzler

04-02-2014Obituaries
Jeffery F. Marquardt Sr.

04-02-2014Obituaries
Allan R. Marcks

04-02-2014Obituaries
Gilberte R. Leslie

04-02-2014Obituaries
June Y. Lepianka

04-02-2014Obituaries
Alden A. Le Fave

04-02-2014Obituaries
Marc E. Laurent

04-02-2014Obituaries
Charlotte King

04-02-2014Obituaries
Chester W. Johnson Jr.


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should the United States take a tough stand against Russia in Ukraine?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites