FROM MAINE TO MICHIGAN ABOARD “MONHEGAN”
How do you get a Maine lobster boat—a wooden one—from Thomaston, Me. to Traverse City, Michigan? You drive it, of course. On the water, not on a trailer.
In June of 1996 my wife, Pat, and I did just that, logging 1300 nautical miles over 30 days.
From mid-coast Maine our route took us to Portland, Boston, to Martha’s Vineyard, Stonington, Ct., New York City to the Hudson River, then north to Albany and the old Erie Canal. This wonderful New York State Barge Canal delivered us to the port city of Oswego. From there across Lake Ontario, through the stunning Trent-Severn waterway (with plenty of Canadian hospitality) to Georgian Bay. Across Lake Huron, then, from Tobermory, Ontario to Rogers City, Michigan before entering the Straits of Mackinac and Lake Michigan down to Traverse City.
But the memorable HIGHLIGHT came from a lock master on the Trent-Severn who peered down at us in the lock aboard our freshly painted new purchase and said, “Well, it’s nice to see a REAL boat!”
Obviously, it made our day. And it sure helped make our trip!
In fact, we’ve never been disappointed with our beautiful 1969 32-foot Arno Day classic picnic boat. Since that summer of ‘96, our cruises have taken us to Wisconsin and numerous other ports on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. We’ve been to the North Channel, up the St. Mary’s River to the Locks at Sault Ste. Marie and into Lake Superior. Grand Marais, Munising, Marquette, Copper Harbor, Isle Royale and Houghton-Hancock were all on that summer’s list of destinations. And everywhere we go, other boaters are very generous in their compliments about our wooden boat. Many look carefully to convince themselves that it IS a wooden boat!
We’re looking forward to being on the water again this summer. Beaver Island, Mackinac Island, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Charlevoix and Elk Rapids will be among our stops. Look for the blue hull with a white house and “MONHEGAN” on the stern. Be sure to say hello!
Our thanks to the Hagerty “family” for great coverage all these years.