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Tall Ship “Manitou” – Traverse City, MI

Tall Ship Sailing on the Great Lakes

© Becky Linhardt 2019

There are many ways that landlubbers can enjoy a Great Lakes Tall Ship experience on the Manitou based in Traverse City, Michigan. A replica of a 19th century “coasting” cargo schooner, this tall ship was designed specifically for passenger service. With a capacity of 59 passengers, there are spaces for seating on the deck and room to move around while the ship is under sail.

Passengers learned about the sails, rigging, and the rhythmic procedural grunts and were then allowed to assist in raising the sails once the boat is in a favorable position to catch the wind.

The sails filled and our 2 hour cruise on Grand Traverse Bay was underway. Certain areas under the deck were open for guests to explore. Water and refreshments were available once the Manitou was under sail. For this Ice Cream Cruise, Moomer’s Cherries Jubilee and Cookie Dough were included in the ticket price.

Busy Traverse City with its offices, restaurants, hotels, theaters, and shops, rims the Bay at the southern end. Special events such as the Cherry Festival draw thousands of visitors each year. On the Manitou we were far from the hustle and bustle of the city with just the sound of the wind in the sails and rigging, instructions shouted by Captain and responses from crew members – lots of call and response on a tall ship sail…

It was a beautiful day with a steady wind so Captain Lily allowed some passengers to take the wheel for short turns. A U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain with many years of experience; she held the focus of the crew; was at the wheel for all tacking, setting sails, and docking maneuvers.

Jack, Gus and Lou, the professional crew, handled the more complicated work setting some the sails. Gus scrambled up the rigging to release the topsail. Ah, the agility of youth … he made it look so easy.

Smooth sailing, sunshine, and views of other watercraft, the Leelanau Peninsula to the west and to the east the homes and vineyards of Old Mission Peninsula gave passengers time to relax and plenty of photo ops.

Two hours passed quickly and soon it was time to head back to the dock. As I departed I asked Jack if I imagined that we had had great weather for our sail, he responded, “nigh on to perfect.”

Tall Ship Manitou

Traverse City, MI



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