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World's only recreation of a three-masted Great Lakes schooner arrives to downtown Milwaukee by Ryan

Denis Sullivan + Discovery World

I lived in Milwaukee a couple summers ago and absolutely loved the city's waterfront. They also had an amazing schooner fully restored that toured from Milwaukee down to the Florida Keys on a nearly annual basis. It is returning this summer and is open for tours!

From TheRepublic.com...

MILWAUKEE — The world's only recreation of a three-masted Great Lakes schooner arrives to downtown Milwaukee this weekend.

The Denis Sullivan returns on Saturday from its winter dock and will be open for public tours at the Discovery World harbor in Lake Michigan.

Professional shipwrights and nearly 1,000 volunteers finished building the 137-foot re-creation of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner in 2000. It is used for education, training and research.

Museum spokesman Richard Cieslak (SEE'-slak) says the ship will visit Manitowoc on the last weekend in June, Sturgeon Bay over the July 4th weekend and then Racine later this summer.

Enbridge Oil Spill near Marshall Michigan by admin

An oil spill released 19,500 barrels (or over 800,000 gallons, or about 10% of the oil the pipe routinely carries in a single day) into the Kalamazoo River.

By late Monday, the downstream edge of the spill had reached Ft. Custer State Recreation Area, between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Crews were using booms, skimmers and other devices to keep the oil from reaching Morrow Lake, an impoundment of the river east of Kalamazoo.

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The Kalamazoo River drains into Lake Michigan about 60 miles west of the spill. State officials warned the public to stay away from the river and not to use river water for livestock or crops.  (HT: Free Press)

Governor Granholm, to put the crisis into perspective, made a comparison: "We do not want to see a repeat of what happened in the Gulf."

To be fair to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it was dumping (depending on who you ask) about twice as much oil into the water each day, and did so for well over a month. So while 800,000 gallons is not trivial, making a comparison to the Gulf might be a bit of a stretch.

Whether Enbridge is doing "enough" is up for debate (they consider it "overkill"), at the very least they are being open about what they are doing:

Booms were set up Tuesday morning in four locations along the Kalamazoo River from Talmadge Creek to Historic Bridge Park in Emmett Township. About 200 people, 21 boats, about 8 miles of boom and 30 oil-siphoning trucks were on the scene, said Enbridge Executive Vice President Steve Wuori. (HT: Battle Creek Enquirer)

Lake Michigan Fuel Price App for iPhone/iPad by admin

Seafaring Solutions has just released a fuel price app in the iTunes store.  While this app will certainly pay for itself, it is only compatible with iOS4 or later.  So if you do plan on using this app, make sure you update your software first.  Also, be aware early adopters, the original iPhone will not be able to upgrade to iOS4, and the iPad upgrade will not be out until this fall!

Want to save money on fuel for your boat this season? With Seafaring Solution's "Lake Michigan Fuel Marine Fuel Prices", you can do just that.