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The O.M. Reif Boathouse (circa 1920s) is home to displays of vintage boats, marine artifacts, antique outboard motors, historic photos of area boating, a boat building workshop, and a gift shop.
 
 
 
     
 


Also occurring in the boat shop is the on-going reconstruction of a 1927 Peterborough canoe donated to the Maritime Museum by Neil Williams on behalf of the Williams family.
 

In the boat building workshop, several activities are taking place. The 13 foot Cedar Strip canoe, "Wee Lassie II", has been completed for the 2014 raffle prize. Paul Wilson, Mike Jellison and Bob (Lakeside) Smith are working on the 2015 project. Stop by and see the work in pr ogress.
 
Reconstruction of the 1927 canoe is a provision of the donation. New decks will be applied, canvas replaced, the interior stripped, new ribs installed, and varnish removed as needed.


 
 
 
     
 
Annual Raffle
 
     
 
The 2014 raffle prize is a 13 foot cedar strip canoe, "Wee Lassie II", built in the museum boat shop during 2013 - 2014 seasons. Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at both museums. The raffle will be held on August 31, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Maritime Museum. You need not be present to win.
 
     
     
 

Visit the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville.
 
     
     
 
Displays
 
     
 
Models of boats used to navigate the waters surrounding the Les Cheneaux Islands.
 
     
 
   
 
     
 
Model Boat Plans by Oliver Birge
 
     
 
Model Year Length Sheets Cost
Ernest Birge’s Argentine Row Boat 1910 12'11'' 3  $60
Norwegian Sprit Rig 1989 13'3'' 3  $60
Ernest Birge’s Argentine Outboard 1910 13'4'' 3  $60
Chippewa, Hamel Brothers 1905 13'11'' 3  $60
Prof. Nipher’s Row Boat, Joe Kramen 1905 13'11'' 4  $75
Depression Boat 1920 14'9'' 1  $25
Bosley’s Row Boat 1900 15'4'' 4  $75
Ernest Birge’s Argentine Row Boat 1908 15'5'' 3  $60
Mackinaw for Tom Marshall 1988 18' 3  $60
Gaff Rigged Sloop Edna B 1900 18' 10  $150
Mackinaw Boat Wasbesi 1845 26'6'' 4  $75
 
     
     
     
 
 
 
LCHA  •  P.O. Box 301, Cedarville, MI 49719  •  phone: (906) 484-2821
 
     
 
 
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