I recently had the opportunity to see the SS Arthur M. Anderson leave port in Green Bay.  It was truly a fascinating experience! 


This 767 ft. freighter was launched on February 16, 1952.  The SS Arthur M. Anderson is a cargo ship of the lake type.  She is famous for being the last ship to be in contact with the SS Edmund Fitzgerald before it sank on November 10, 1975.  During the Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, she was operating in close company with the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and reported its loss to the USCG.  The SS Arthur M. Anderson was also the first rescue ship on the scene in the search for the Edmund Fitzgerald survivors.

In 1981 she received a self unloading boom which improved her cargo loading and unloading. She is unique among the three Great Lakes Fleet steamships in that she has a softer midsection that prohibits loading as much cargo as the others; roughly 1500 tons less.

In February 2015, Arthur M. Anderson became stuck and stranded in several feet of ice in Lake Erie near Conneaut Harbor, Ohio.   After five days she was freed from the ten inch thick ice on February 21, 2015 with the help of the Canadian Coast Guard, and vessel CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley.   

SS Arthur M. Anderson was put on long-term lay-up in Duluth, MN on January 15, 2017 at the end of the 2016 shipping season.  She was back in service on July 25, 2019.

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On Saturday, September 12 at 4 pm, Joe Sawyer and Megan Vandermause were married surrounded by family and friends.  It was a beautiful wedding! 


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This afternoon we will celebrate Megan and Joe as they walk down the aisle overlooking the bay of Green Bay.  First, the ladies need hair and makeup!  Let the fun begin!

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After three years of dating, on Friday, June 7, 2019, Joe Sawyer got down on one knee and proposed to Megan Vandermause.  Today we celebrate the upcoming marriage of Megan and Joe.    

Last night the work began!


It’s a beautiful day for a wedding!

Happy Wedding Day to Joe and Megan!

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I always enjoy taking a drive along the waters of Green Bay on the elegant “Cottage Row” in Fish Creek.   

Photo courtesy of the Gibraltar Historical Association.

Thanks to Asa Thorpe’s vision, Cottage Row was discovered.  Asa Thorpe, who was one of the first to develop Fish Creek’s tourism industry, cleared Cottage Row and offered the land to Doctor Herman Welcker who ended up turning the land down.  Asa then offered it to George Clark, President of the stove manufacturer Clark Jewel Company, who ended up building the first home on Cottage Row.  Clark’s home was on the north end of Cottage Row.  Cottage Row turned out to be a place the Midwest’s wealthy elite escape to the summer.  The residents of Cottage Row could escape the craziness of tourists during the summer to their beloved Cottage Row. 

The most famous resident turned out to be Curly Lambeau, founder of the Green Bay Packers.  Unfortunately, in 1937, the cottage Curly planned to spend 10 months a year, burned.  The cottage was located along the east bay shore.  Curly said it was a complete loss.  The only thing he saved was the suit he was wearing.  Lambeau reported he lost trophies and pictures that could not be valued in terms of money.

I generally take the winding hairpin road down the bluff to Cottage Row.  In the early 1900s, it was a simple logging trail used to transport goods from the Clarks’ homes on the water to their farm up the bluff where Lautenbach’s Orchard is now.  

George Clark rides down an early version of the hairpin turn.

Photo:  courtesy of the Gibraltar Historical Society. 

Today, the winding road is part of a Door County tradition.  Each summer, over the July 4 holiday, you have the chance to participate in the longest running 5K run/walk Door County.     


If you are heading north, it’s worth a drive.  A chance to see a special place with a lovely view of Green Bay. 

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