Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Fire Boat trip
This morning we returned to the Maritime museum to take the Fire Boat tour of the port area and a trip along the shoreline of Sturgeon Bay to the Sherwood Pt Lighthouse. While overcast, it was a good chance to see the harbor from the water. This also afforded a good view of a number of Great Lakes freighters that are laying at the shipyard either for repairs or waiting for cargo.
It should be mentioned that among those lying at the dock is the Arthur M. Anderson, which perhaps is best known as the last ship to talk with the Edmund Fitzgerald before she was lost in that now famous November gale. The Anderson was following the Fitzgerald and after the last communication lost sight of her lights and the Fitzgerald was not seen or heard from again.
The shoreline is rugged with beautiful homes tucked in among the heavily tree lined shore and a boat ride is perhaps the best way to see it. Anneke had a chance to test some of the firefighting equipment that remains onboard the Fred A. Busse, that saw many years service as a fire boat in the city of Chicago.