Invited Ships

Appledore IV, Madeline, and more!

These ships are not guaranteed. Stay tuned as we confirm additional ships. The ship lineup is subject to change without notice.

Appledore IV

Built in 1989, Appledore IV welcomes sailors of all ages, from elementary school through adults. While this vessel, owned by BaySail, is meant for amateurs, it is anything but. In this era, BaySail was the primary means of transporting goods and passengers over long distances. When sailing on Appledore IV, students participate in a variety of hands-on activities including collecting and analyzing water, sediments and plankton samples.

Ship Specifications
Length: 85 feet sparred
Sail Area: 3,560 square feet 
Power: 135 HP diesel
Home Port: Bay City, Michigan 


The MHA's schooner Madeline is a reconstruction of a mid-19th century Great Lakes schooner and one of the State of Michigan's official tall ships. She was built between 1985 and 1990 in Traverse City, Michigan by volunteer members of the non-profit group, the Maritime Heritage Alliance.

Her mission is to serve as a floating center for the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history. She is open to visitors in her home port of Traverse City and travels to other Great Lakes ports under local sponsorship. Madeline's financial support comes entirely from people who are interested in preserving Great Lakes history. This includes MHA members and others around the Great Lakes who believe in what we are doing.

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