Wind, Waves & Weather

The Great Lakes influence our weather, and the weather can have a great influence on the Great Lakes (ever hear of the Great Storm of 1913?). Join NOAA National Weather Service meteorologists on a cruise that explores the “why?” behind the wind, waves, and weather around us. Learn how to be safe the next time weather threatens, what some of the old sailor sayings like “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” really mean, why we don’t have hurricanes in the Great Lakes, what kind of wave a “seiche” is, and much more! We ship out rain or shine!

Cruise dates:
Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Thursday, August 8, at 2 p.m. (Lake Erie)

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Shipping Out


Sign on for a voyage into the world of Great Lakes shipping with former sailor and ancient mariner Patrick Livingston, author of the Library of Michigan award-winning Eight Steamboats—Sailing Through the Sixties. As the E/V Clinton heads toward the shipping channels across Lake St. Clair or the lower Detroit River, you will learn about lakers and salties, legendary sailors and shipwrecks. With some luck, you might even get up close and personal to a thousand-footer or two along the way. Wear your Old Spice!

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, July 3, at 6 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Sunday, July 21, at 6 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Wednesday, July 31, at 2 p.m. (Lake Erie)
Saturday, August 10, at 6 p.m. (Lake Erie)

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Handy Billy

Join us on this one-of-a-kind cruise! Handy Billy is a group of folks who love our Great Lakes and its related music. Handy Billy’s founder, Captain Allen Wolfe, is joined by Christine Crissman, Andy Spence and Captain Gary Longton. Their songs have much to teach about shipboard life and the Great Lakes themselves. Sing alongs and group participation are heartily encouraged. The cruise forecast? A fair chance of nautical, musical mayhem. See you aboard!

Cruise dates:
Saturday, July 20, at 6 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m. (Lake Erie)

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Night Watch

Join the crew of the E/V Clinton on a late evening cruise and learn about navigating under the stars using charts, lights and the heavens themselves. The cruise will take us through the history of navigation, from the discovery of latitude and longitude to today’s Loran and GPS systems. As darkness descends, we will set sail for lighthouses, search the heavens for constellations and use the North Star to help guide us to our home port.

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, July 3, at 9 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Sunday, July 21, at 9 p.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Friday, August 2, at 9 p.m. (Lake Erie)
Saturday, August 10, at 9 p.m. (Lake Erie)

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Aliens Among Us

When the French explorers first encountered the Great Lakes, they described a garden of earthly delights. Now, almost four centuries later, we are faced with lamprey, zebra mussels, silver carp, gobies, Phragmites, and purple loosestrife — alien invaders intent on changing the way we recreate and work in the Great Lakes. This cruise will explore the alien species among us, their impacts on the Great Lakes ecosystem, and what we can do to minimize their impact and spread.

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. (Lake St. Clair) FULL
Thursday, August 15, 2 p.m. (Lake Erie)

Special Pricing $5 all ages

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Join us as we explore the Great Lakes in a great new way — through Eco-Art! Learn about the Great Lakes ecosystem and combine elements of it with your own imagination to create a unique work of art to take home. Both fun and educational, you will translate what you see and learn into an amazing Great Lakes Eco-Art piece! No prior art experience needed. All materials provided. Wear clothes to get messy in.

Cruise dates:
Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m. (Lake St. Clair)
Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m. (Lake Erie)

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Detroit River Revival

Come aboard and join the revival — the Detroit River Revival, that is! Dr. John Hartig, Manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, will be our guest cruise director and will share his insights on the incredible revival of the Detroit River, including its habitats, wildlife and fishery resources. Learn how this revival has been accomplished, who has contributed, and what’s in store for the future. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate the progress made as we visit Humbug Island and other gems of the “new” Detroit River.

Cruise dates:
Saturday, August 17, at 6 p.m.

Special Pricing (EPA grant funded) $5 all ages

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Shipwreck at Sugar

Just under the waves off a crumbling Sugar Island dock lie the remains of a vessel sunk in 1945. Travel with author Patrick Livingston to the wreck site to learn about the S.S. Seabreeze, the story of how it got there and the circumstances surrounding its mysterious sinking.

Cruise dates:
Wednesday, July 31, at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 11, at 2 p.m.

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Warfare on the Waterfront

Warfare on the WaterfrontThe War of 1812, World War II, and even the American Civil War have all shaped the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.  Long after the end of hostilities, remnants of this military presence can still be found.  Join an Interpreter for an in-depth look at these conflicts, their sites and stories, and see how they impacted the region and the world.

Cruise dates:
Thursday, August 1, at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7, at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 18, at 6 p.m.

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River of Time


River of TimeCruising among the lower Detroit River Islands, we search the human stories that shaped the history of her waters. From Native Americans and early European explorers to military forts, massive engineering projects and stories of yesterday, this cruise is a time travel experience — without the jet lag!

Cruise dates:
Saturday, August 3, at 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 4, at 2 p.m.
Thursday, August 8, at 10 a.m.
Thursday, August 15, at 6 p.m.

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