The Saginaw River Marine
Historical Society

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 Society was founded in 1989 by a group of dedicated individuals interested in preserving the rich maritime heritage of the Saginaw River Valley and Saginaw Bay.

Long a center of Native American culture, the area was visited by its first European - the French explorer and adventurer LaSalle - in 1679. The river valley grew into one of the premier shipping and shipbuilding centers of the entire Great Lakes system. At one time there were a half-dozen shipyards turning out schooners, freighters and passenger ships.

Still a hub of marine activity, the Saginaw River plays host to vessels from major U.S. and Canadian fleets as well as marine visitors from the far ports of the world.

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Vessels Built on the Saginaw

More than 160 pages of facts about the more than 650 commercial vessels built on the Saginaw River and around Saginaw Bay. Five outline maps show the locations of towns, shipyards and wrecks. More than 100 photos of Saginaw vessels, large and small. Large 8 1/2 x 11 inch format with GBC binding. Index of vessel names.

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Each issue of our quarterly newsletter/journal Modoc Whistle contains quality articles and features on Saginaw River and Great Lakes topics. Since 1989 Modoc has supplied S.R.M.H.S. members with historic information that can be found nowhere else.

The usual contents of the Modoc Whistle include:


*Annual Memorial Service

Each year the society holds a memorial service remembering the many local sailors who have lost their lives on the lakes.

*Meeting Schedule


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