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.
In December of 2009 the Port Huron museum made the decision to sell the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble. The Bramble has made Port Huron its home since 1975 and been an integral part of the Port Huron Museum since it was decommissioned in 2003. Due to costs and no prospective buyers for the $300,000 vessel, the museum has sadly announced it will be forced to close the Bramble on August 14. The Bramble will be missed by young and old alike, as it has lead an active service in the safety, protection, and navigation of our home waterways for many years. The highlights of its illustrious career began in 1944 when it was commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard at a cost of $925,464. After the war, the Bramble took part in testing of the effects of atomic bomb’s on surface vessels. The next big adventure for the Bramble came in 1957 when it partnered with two other cutters to navigate the Northwest Passage, a feet that had taken over 400 years to accomplish. In 1962 the Bramble moved to Detroit to begin its tour in search and rescue, law enforcement, and ice breaking throughout the Great Lakes navigational chain. It has led an honorable life of service to this area and is dear to the hearts of many. Goodbye dear Bramble, we hope you find another honorable home somewhere among the Great Lakes you have served so well.
In the heart of the Blue Water Area is the picturesque maritime capital of the Great Lakes, known as Port Huron, Michigan. Home of the international border crossing, the majestic Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron offers visitors and residents alike an array of exciting adventures, breathtaking scenery, and historic as well as modern maritime memories and memorabilia. The various board walks allow for splendid views of the St. Clair River, including great viewing sites for ship watching and picture-taking. With a full calendar of events, from concerts and festivals to maritime museums and boat races, there is something going on in Port Huron that is sure to please everyone.