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The Madeline is a reconstruction of a mid-19th-century schooner, typical of the trading schooners that once sailed the upper Great Lakes. The original Madeline was once the first EuroAmerican School in the Grand Traverse region and for a short time served as a lightship in the Straits of Mackinac. Launched in 1990, the modern Madeline was built over period of five years by volunteers of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA), using traditional methods and materials. From her homeport, Traverse City, Michigan, she has sailed with her volunteer crew on all five Great Lakes, visiting over 60 ports with dockside tours and historical interpretation. Madeline is the State of Michigan’s official tall ship and is designated as the City of Traverse City’s goodwill ambassador. Madeline’s dockside programs bring visitorson board to learn about schooners and Great Lakes history first-hand. Crewmembers, trained as historical interpreters, share their knowledge of history, marlinespike skills, and wooden boat building. School programs with special hands-on activities are also available. The Maritime Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit organzation, fosters the study and practice of upper Great Lakes’ maritime history. MHA programs, focusing on building and operating indigenous crafts, include crew training, traditional boat carpentry, and other wooden boat maintenance skills.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Traverse City, MI
Sparred Length: 92'
LOA: 55' 6
LWL: 52'
Draft: 7' 7
Beam: 16' 2
Rig height: 71'
Freeboard: 2' 2
Sail Area: 2,270 square feet
Tons: 42


Who Sails? Trained crew members of the Maritime Heritage Alliance
Program Type: Maritime History
Normal cruising waters: Upper Great Lakes
Built: 1990
Crew: 9
Contact: Doug Roberts, President
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