Annual Dinner Meeting 05/08
The Marine Historical Society of Detroit held its 59th annual dinner meeting on the evening of May 3, 2003 at the St. Clair Inn in St. Clair, Mich. The event was held on a delightfully sunny, cool spring day.
Attendees were treated to several vessel passages, including Earl W. Oglebay, Middletown, Calumet, Kaye E. Barker and Mississagi.
The MHSD is proud to announce the election of John O. Greenwood as our 2003 Historian of the Year.
John has had a life long love of Great Lakes shipping, first watching ship passages in and out of Duluth at the age of thirteen. Over the years, he has held several positions with companies that directly serve and operate in the Great Lakes region, including Cargo Carriers, Inc., and The Interlake Steamship Co.
In 1961 John started Freshwater Press, a business sideline of Great Lakes publications. He saw the need to publish accurate and factual information out of which Greenwood's Guide and Lake Boats became popular annuals documenting Great Lakes shipping. Subsequently Freshwater Press has published many books, some of which are reprints of classic works of Dana Thomas Bowen and Dwight Boyer, plus Mansfield's monumental two-volume History of the Great Lakes that otherwise would have remained out of print. Since then, Freshwater Press has published many new books including the very successful three volume set of Great Lakes Ships We Remember by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. Freshwater Press continues to produce many new books including the popular Namesakes of the Lakes and more recently The Fleet Histories Series.
John is an esteemed member of several societies devoted to Great Lakes Maritime History and his works undoubtedly can be found on all of our personal library shelves.
Also recognized at the dinner were several members of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.
Five members reached 50 years of consecutive membership: Don Blain, St. Clair, Mich; William G. Cousins, Ravenna, Ohio; John F. Devendorf, Niles, Mich; Angeline Kloka, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Emory Massman, Jr. of Palmetto, Fla.
There were 15 members honored for 25 years of consecutive membership.
They are: Richard A. Berg, Ashtabula, Ohio; Patrick L. Childers, of Kansas City, Mo.; June Davis of Owen Sound, Ont.; Eldon Emerson, St. Catherine’s, Ont.; Howard Hindman, Owen Sound, Ont.; Francis Kloc, Rochester, N.Y.; Capt. Edward C. March, Millville, Del.; Fred J. Miller II, North Street, Mich; Charles R. Oakman, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; Eugene Onchulenko, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Capt. Norman Quaine, Rogers City, Mich.; Karl Richards, Traverse City, Mich.; Edward S. Rickey, Zolfo Springs, Fla.; F. Jordan Schanbeck, Madison Heights, Mich.; and Les J. Thrasher, Amherstburg, Ont.
Guest speaker for the evening was Capt. Scott Bravener, president and C.E.O. of Lower Lakes Towing of Port Dover, Ont. Capt. Bravener shared the history of his company and shared the details of its humble beginnings to its position today as a dominant player in the lakes shipping trade.
Special thanks go to Wayne Garrett, who once again served as dinner coordinator for the evening and James Jackson, our master of ceremonies. Thanks to their efforts, a good time was had by all.
Again, congratulations to our 2003 Historian of the Year and our members that have reached milestone levels of membership.
Reported by: Jon Ottman, President Marine Historical Society of Detroit