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Saginaw River Marine Historical Society


Current membership in the society includes Great Lakes skippers and sailors, historians, writers, researchers and many individuals who just love the lore of the Great Lakes.

A research library collection is being developed which will concentrate local and Great Lakes research material in one convenient location.

A collection of Great Lakes artifacts is being amassed in anticipation of the establishment of a maritime museum. Items include a complete steel lifeboat, a ship's pilot house, vessel life jackets and life rings and a host of smaller items.

Our quarterly newsletter/journal Modoc whistle, which has been described as one of the best small-group historical newsletters available, includes much historical information on the River, a list of current vessel passages and original articles on Great Lakes topics.

Our eight monthly meetings cover a wide variety of maritime topics. Recent programs have included Lake Huron Lighthouses, A visit to the Thunder Bay shipwreck Monrovia, Great Lakes passenger ship disasters, and Saginaw River passenger steamers.

Other club activities include an annual memorial service remembering the many local sailors who have died on the Lakes, a "show and tell" session of Great Lakes memorabilia and an annual pot luck.


We like to call our low membership fee "The Best Bargain in Great Lakes History"

The Saginaw River Marine Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the history of the Saginaw River and connecting waters The Membership Year runs from September to September. Members joining after September will receive all issues of MODOC WHISTLE for that year.







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