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Great Lakes workers celebrated today

August 16, 2012
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - The men and women who worked on the Great Lakes will be honored today and Saturday during the 22nd annual Lake Lore Celebration and Gathering in Rogers City.

Along with ship crews, the event pays respect to those who worked on shore, including port agents and lighthouse keepers, said Roger Hulett, Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum vice president. Participants will get a look at Lake Huron's maritime past and present today, and 19 employees who made their living off the lakes will be inducted into the museum Saturday.

Today's events begin with a bus tour of Calcite Quarry at 1:30 p.m., Hulett said. For a $2 donation, tour-goers will see the quarry's workings.

"Last year, we got to witness a blasting," he said. "We also saw the stone crusher and saw a freighter being loaded."

To make reservations for the tour, call the museum at 734-0706. Buses leave from the museum, at 367 N. Third St.

This evening, maritime historian and artist Robert McGreevy will give a presentation on the side-wheeled passenger steamer Key Stone State, Hulett said. The boat was last seen struggling off the shore of Port Austin in November 1861 and disappeared, never to be found.

"There's a persistent but unproven rumor that there's gold on board," he said.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Rogers City Area Senior & Community Center, 131 E. Superior St. The cost is a $5 donation.

McGreevy's artwork can be seen at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, said David McDonald, museum trustee. He does a considerable amount of historic research for each painting.

On Saturday, the 19 candidates will be honored after The Gathering Luncheon, also at the Rogers City senior center, and a brief business meeting. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $15.

The Gathering and induction can be a "mixed bag" of emotions, Hulett said.

"A lot of people are honoring dead relatives, but at the same time, it's not a somber event," he said. Instead, its an uplifting way to carry on their memories.

Hulett himself has family inducted into the museum, and on Saturday he and museum Director David Erickson will introduce four more. John Ten Eyck, Jr., his great-grandfather, and grandfather Phillip Ten Eyck, along with two great-uncles, are among the 19 candidates.

Other sailors are planning to attend, including Frank Mays, Hulett said. He's the last of two who survived the wreck of the SS Carl D. Bradley in 1958.

The celebration is part of the museum's mission, McDonald said.

"You can pick up a history book and read about famous whoever, but this is a celebration of real working folk," he said.

More information on the museum can be found at www.gllmm.com.

Jordan Travis can be reached via email at jtravis@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688.

 
 

 

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