Friday, July 26, 2013

We Remember Dr. Larry Garber

Today we remember Dr. Larry Garber - a great friend, colleague and leader.

Read Larry's Obituary.  He lead an amazing life.
Donations to ISEA in Larry's memory will be used for a new set of sails for the
 schooner Inland Seas

Monday, July 15, 2013

Classic Boat Show this Saturday in Suttons Bay

Be sure to visit the Classic Boat Show in Suttons Bay this Saturday.  Click here for information. 

Some of the boats on display on Saturday are:

Inland Seas


Bay Monitor

Lots 'o Canoes
Motor Whaleboat Lake Sturgeon

  • a Native American birch bark canoe being made
  • MTU's Concrete Canoe
  • Old Town War Canoe
  • Working rope walk on site
  • Food cart provided by Suttons Bay Rotary Club
  • Nautical Flea Market starting at 8 am. 
  • Voyageur Canoe rides
  • and much more!
It is not too late to register your Classic Boat.  Here's how.

Escanaba to Suttons Bay, July 14, 2013

Aboard Inland Seas,  Escanaba to Suttons Bay, July 14, 2013
Leaving Escanaba, 0608 hrs.

Sunrise over Little Bay de Noc
Important Navigation Gear: Compass, GPS, Coffee, Sunscreen.
Rebecha & Len on the fores'l halyard.  Allen on the sheet.

Fores'l up 

St. Martin Island Light

Gary recovering mylar balloon.  We saw four on our passage. What goes up must come down. 

Getting a nice boost from the wind (motorsailed all the way)

Capt. Gary at the helm

Capt. Allen Wolfe

Leo & Len plot our position
It was a great trip.  Thanks to the crew: Allen Wolfe, Len Klein, Gary Longton, Rebekah Fuller & Leo Peveglio.

Biology report:  About 200 white pelicans seen near Little Gull Island.  Many dead alewives seen between Little Bay de Noc and South Fox Island.  About one every 3 square meters. Mostly sub-adults. --- Capt. Tom Kelly

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What's Blooming in the ISEA Wetland?

How many of these can you identify?  They are all blooming now in the ISEA Wetland. 
Butterfly Bush



Broad-leaved Cattail


Black-eyed Susan
Joe Pie Weed
If you don't agree with my identifications, please send me a note.  Hey, I'm a fish guy.  --Tom K.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Whaleboat "Lake Sturgeon" Launched

ISEA launched its ex-Navy motor whaleboat Lake Sturgeon yesterday afternoon.  All systems operated well, and the brief shakedown cruise was deemed a success.  The next steps are to finish some outfitting details and to do the US Coast Guard stability test.  We hope to be licensed for passengers by the Classic Boat Show on July 20.


On our way to the launch ramp.  Thanks, Russ Carew, for the heavy hauling.

About to splash.  George and Calvin Powell handling lines.
Radio Check before leaving the dock.  The little Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel is warming up.

Underway. Also aboard were ISEA Comminications Intern Callie Chappell and Capt. Allen Wolfe.

Veiw over the bow.
At the ISEA Waterfront 
Thanks to Gordie and Susan Brown for the donation of the whaleboat, and to all those who helped with the re-fit this winter and spring:  Chuck Dickerson, Janet Dickerson, Ben Hale, George Powell, Calvin Powell, Bruce Lehmann, Tony DeRose, Jerry Battle, Bill Emerson, Lee Hepner, Larry Payton, Ray Hale, Paul McEwen and Russ Carew. Thanks also to the TUKTAWA Foundation and the Suttons Bay-Bingham Fund for providing financial assistance for this project.  --Capt. Tom

Where in the World is "Inland Seas"

Our schooner Inland Seas left Suttons Bay Monday morning at 1100 for Escanaba, after waiting out passage of some thunder storms.  They arrived at about 0130 on Tuesday morning.

The crew for this week is Ben Hale, Captain; Bob Hagerman, Mate; Emily Shaw, Sally, Somsel and Rebecah Fuller, Deckhands & Educators; and Kathy Kane, Cook.  Volunteer Instructors are Leo Peveglio, Peg Comfort, John Casteel, Sue Chrostek and Bette Jackson. 

This week will include two local 5th grade classes, Bay Pines Center, Delta Force, Hannahville Tribal School, a public Making the Great Lakes Great Sail, and public sails as part of the Bay de Noc Maritime Festival.

The crew will change on Friday when Tom Kelly, Allen Wolfe, Gary Longton, Ben Clark and Len Klein will take over operation of the vessel.
Inland Seas and Friends Good Will in Escanaba, 2012

Monday, July 8, 2013

What was in the trawl?

Several people who sailed with us last Tuesday wondered what we caught in the trawl - the trawl that never came up.  We had our diver-friend Chris Doyal take a look over the weekend, and he reported a large log, completely swallowed by the trawl.  He was not able to extract the log or recover the trawl, so for now it sits on the bottom in 60'.  We have it buoyed, and we will make another attempt to recover the net, possibly by dragging the net and log into shallow water, at a later time.

Meanwhile, we are using the trawl that is aboard Manitou in the spring.

Capt. Tom
This is the way it is supposed to happen. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Whaleboat "Lake Sturgeon" at Leland Parade

Lake Sturgeon cruises down Main Street in Leland during the 4th of July Parade

Thanks to Russ Carew for use of his truck.

Chuck Dickerson pulled the raffle canoe
Thanks to all those who helped with the whaleboat project and on this day in Leland.  --Capt. Tom

Monday, July 1, 2013

ISEA's Motor Whaleboat "Lake Sturgeon" in the Leland 4th of July Parade

Please join us on July 4th in Leland for the annual parade.  We will be there with our motor whaleboat Lake Sturgeon.

Motor Whaleboat Lake Sturgeon

Fact Sheet

Type:  Navy 26’ Motor Whaleboat

Year Built:  1968

Builder:  Miami Yacht Builders, Miami Beach, FL

Material: Fiberglass (FRP)

Hull No.:  26MW6843

Registration: MC 2362 PF

LOA: 26’    Beam: 8’     Draft: 1’

Displacement: 5,600 lbs

Engine: Yanmar 3-cylinder diesel, Model 3GM30F, 24 hp.  (original engine: Westerbeke 4-107)

Owner:  Inland Seas Education Association, Suttons Bay, MI

Service:  Passenger, USCG Sub-Chapter T (pending)

Former Name:  Water Bug
ISEA will be offering 1 hour programs aboard Lake Sturgeon later in July.