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What’s Up With This Curb-work?

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New Pedestrian Island Coming to Connect Discovery Center and Discovery Pier The Discovery Center had discussions for years with the Michigan Department of Transportation to find an effective and affordable way to move pedestrians safely across M-22 to West Bay. Both overpass bridges and underpass tunnels are incredibly expensive, difficult to maintain, and challenging to design to accommodate […]

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Maritime Heritage Alliance Boat Auction

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31st Annual Boat Auction & Nautical Garage Sale Saturday, June 3rd at 9 am 13268 S West Bay Shore Drive 9 am viewing; 11 am auction. Ongoing garage sale of nautical items. Ron Bancroft Auctioneer of donated watercraft to benefit Maritime Heritage Alliance programs of preservation & team building/sailing for at-risk youth. Auction boats: Rebel […]

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Schooner Utopia arrives at Discovery Pier

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At  17:45 on Thursday, September 29, 2016 the Utopia finished its journey from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It landed on its new berth at the Discovery Pier. Ellsworth Peterson generously donated his famed 65-foot schooner, Utopia, to the Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA). The Schooner’s Remarkable History The staysail schooner was designed by the late Fred J. Peterson. It […]

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The Ship Shape Exhibit is Taking Shape

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Volunteer shipwrights from the Maritime Heritage Alliance are building a facsimile of a Mackinaw boat on the ship shape exhibit deck next to a fully rigged modern fiberglass O’day Mariner sloop.  Eventually the exhibit will include some graphic that tell the story of the evolution of water transportation.  Kids are going to have a lot of fun […]