Thursday, July 26, 2012

LSSU Oceanography - Day 3 Continued

After lunch we walked to the Maritime Museum, and later were picked up by CMU Biological Station van and taken to the Station for a tour.  Thanks to Dr. Don Uzarski and John Gordan and the other CMU staff for the great tour. We also got to tour the CMU Boat House (former USCG boat station at Whiskey Point).  Really cool place.  I want one just like it.

Rain and thunderstorms all day.  Many Mackinac racers came in during the afternoon.  It was really nasty outside. 

Maritime Museum

Kahlemberg Crude Oil engine in fish tug Bob S

In pilot house of Bob S

Better left un-titled

Making friends with a green snake at CMU Biological Station

New Meso-cosm at CMU Boat House

CMU Boat House

Boat House

--Capt. Tom

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LSSU Oceanography, Day 3 - Beaver Island

Studenets counting & measuring fish.  Prof. Wright to left.

We are in port today, avoiding some nasty weather on the lake.  Students are working up yesterday's data and examining our fish trap catch (above).  Later today we will go to the Marine Museum. 
--Capt. Tom

LSSU Oceanography Class - Day 1 & 2

This week we are sailing witih Prof. Derek Wright and six Oceanography students from Lake Superior State University.  On Monday we sailed over to East Bay and took samples in 525'.  The bottom was at 4 degrees C and we found no animals in our one Ponar dredge. We returned to Suttons Bay for a cook out.  Most of the students had never been to Suttons Bay before.

Tuesday morning we left for Beaver Island with a head wind.  We motored north, stopping off Cherry Home to sample the old outlet channel to the Bay.  We took ddredge samples in 22', 69' and 125'.  The samples showed the classic trend of decreasing grain size with depth.  There were lots of quagga mussels in the deeper sample.  We continued on north in beautiful weather, despinte the headwind.  South of Beaver Island we took samples ,including a core, in 300'.  The Secchi disk depth here was 15.5 meters.  We arrived at St. James at1720.  Thanks to St. James Marine for the dock space.  And thanks to Larry Hansz for the loan of an electrical adapter and his Trooper. 

Dredge Samples from channel off CherryHome in Grand Traverse Bay

Navigatin Lesson

Sorting Benthos

What is this?

Crew prepares to lower the gravity core.

Core sample from 300'

Capt. Tom with typical B. I. vehicle - thanks Larry H

At St. James Marine/Fogg Towing Dock

-Capt. Tom

Sunday, July 22, 2012

25th Suttons Bay Classic Boat Show

Classic Boat Show Returns to Suttons Bay

The Classic Boat Show was brought back to Suttons Bay by ISEA last Saturday.  If you missed the big day, here are some photos.  Mark your calendar for the 26th Annual Classic Boat Show on Saturday July 20, 2013.
Larry Garber's electric boat sparked lots of interest.  Also on site was and electric powered canoe.

Boats and booths 

Cygnet and Ben Main Jr.  Cygnet has been at all 25 Classic Boat Shows. 

Two Liberty's!  The Friendship sloop owned by ISEA and Larry Rotta's  Scout 30

The Bay Keeper tug Bay Monitor with Emily P and Agosa in the background

Ken Cerny's homebuilt Redwing "Marilyn E"

Don Fritz's amazing Rangeley pulling boat, recently donated to ISEA.  You can own this boat!

Cedar strip canoes built in ISEA's Boat Shop

M/Y Liberty on a tour. 

Visitors aboard Inland Seas try the helm.  361 guests came aboard on Saturday. 

Inland Seas, Champion, and M/Y Liberty

Although not an official participant in the CBS, it was nice to have Canin in the anchorage.

Thanks to all who helped make the Classic Boat Show a success!

--Tom Kelly

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Inland Seas at Escanaba - Day 2

Our schooner arrived at Escanaba last evening at 8:30pm.  Today (Tuesday) we hosted local 5th graders.  This afternoon we are getting fuel and pumping out at Escanaba Marina.  -Tom Kelly (from the office)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Inland Seas Leaves for Escanaba

Our schooner Inland Seas left Suttons Bay this morning at 0743.  She is bound for Escanaba with Capt. Ben Hale, mate Bob Hagerman, deckhand Tim Davis, educator Emily Shaw and cook Kathy Kane.  Instructors aboard are Sally Somsel, Bette Jackson, John Casteel, Leo Peveglio and Rebekah Fuller.

We will be doing educational programs for local school kids and the public while in Escanaba.  There is still room if you want to sail with Inland Seas on Wednesday afternoor or Thursday morning - and its FREE!  Call the ISEA office at 231-271-3077 for details.

Follow the schooner's progress to Escanaba on-line at

I will be joining the ship on Friday afternoon.  --Capt. Tom Kelly

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Friendship Sloop Liberty Shake Down Sail

Yesterday afternoon we took Liberty out on Suttons Bay for a shake down cruise, testing her rigging and practicing heaving to under sail.  All went well and we had a lovely sail.  Aboard were Capt.s Tom Kelly, Larry Good, and Ben Hale, and crew Len Klein, Tim Davis and Garett Eisele.  We will be offering day and evening cruises aboard Liberty for up to 6 passengers in the coming weeks.  Call the ISEA office for info. 
--Capt. Tom