I have been asked by Louise N., whatever happened to the cutter Acacia and if she just disappeared…and I have good news. The cutter Acacia was one of 39 180-ft buoy tenders built during WWII and after the war was stationed at many different coast guard ports throughout the great lakes region. From Chicago, IL to Sturgeon Bay, WI; Grand Haven, Mi to Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula; it was stationed as far south as Calumet Harbor in South Chicago and as fa north as Little Bay DeNoc, MI. On June 7, 2006, the Acacia, the Coast Guards last 180-foot WLB-class sea-going buoy tender was decommissioned and sent to Chicago as part of the maritime museum there. Then in 2009, under her own power, she went north to Manistee, Mi where she is now located next to the National Historic Landmark, the U.S.S. City of Milwaukee. If anyone has any photos of this historic vessel I would love some for this blog post. Thank you and I hope you enjoy this post.
Replicas of Columbus’ ships, the Nina and the Pinta, sailed into Desmond Landing late last night. On their way to Port Sanilac, these tall ships pulled into port at Desmond Landing for a rest on their journey. These impressive replicas will be spending the weekend in Port Sanilac as floating museums and will be open to the public everyday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. There is a fee to tour these ships and guided tours are available upon request. Seeing these unique ships was quite a treat as they are one of a kinds on the Great Lakes. After spending our lives around the sights and sizes of modern seafaring vessels, one look at these tiny ships and you think they made the Nina and the Pinta as scaled down versions of the originals. That is not the case. These are truly the most accurate replicas of ships of that era ever built. It gives one greater respect and admiration for the men and women who risked their very lives to cross the vast Atlantic Ocean to begin the New World we now call home.