Photo by Charles Sterba / Great Lakes Marine Collection-MPL/WMHS

The tug Nathan S., built in 1962 and owned by Calumet River Fleeting, steams out of the fog in 2017
at the Port of Milwaukee ahead of the Flevoborg, an ocean-going bulk carrier launched in 2009 that
sails for Royal Wagenborg (Dutch). The Flevoborg was inbound to take on grain at the Nidera
elevator. Loaded, she headed through the St. Lawrence Seaway for Northern Ireland.


WMHS Holiday Dinner set for Dec. 13, Featuring
Florentine Opera Singers at Milwaukee Yacht Club

Singers from the Donald & Donna Baumgartner Studio Artists of the Florentine Opera will be featured at the Christmas Tree Ship holiday Dinner Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Milwaukee Yacht Club.

Members, their guests and friends are invited to the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society's 38th Annual Christmas Tree Ship dinner, starting with a cash bar at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

The Donald & Donna Baumgartner Studio Artists of the Florentine Opera will perform "Home for the Holidays" starting at 8 p.m. A quartet of singers, Nicole Heinen, Briana Moynihan, Nicholas Huff, and Nathaniel Hill, and pianist Ruben Piirainen, will entertain.

Tickets are $45 per person.

Dinner participants have a choice of entrées: Chicken Piccata with lemon caper butter sauce or Salmon with Pinot Grigio wine sauce and poached shrimp. Strawberry Cheesecake dessert will be served with either dinner.

Please indicate which entrée you prefer with your check payable to the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53233, by Monday, Dec. 10. Also include how you would like your name tag to read. No refunds will be made after 9 a.m. Dec. 10. Please call (414) 286-3074 with questions.

The event is named after the Rouse Simmons which sank with a load of evergreens in Lake Michigan off Manitowoc County in 1912.

The Yacht Club is at 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee. For more information about the dinner, please contact Suzette Lopez, WMHS executive director, at (414) 286-3074 or email her at


New Port Milwaukee Director To Address
60th Annual Meeting, Jan. 26 at SSYC

Adam Schlicht, Milwaukee's new port director, is the featured speaker at the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society's 60th Annual Meeting and Founders' Auction on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the South Shore Yacht Club.

This year's meeting will honor Louis Quarles, who helped found the Society in 1959. Mr. Quarles was a lawyer with the firm of Quarles and Brady and an avid sailor. He died in 1972 after a 64-year career in law.

A cash bar and silent auction will open at 5:00 p.m., with dinner at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program at 8:00 p.m. Black and white attire (no tuxedos required) and a ship's photographer to capture the evening's festivities will add to the event's "cruise ambiance" theme. For more information about the dinner, please contact Suzette Lopez, WMHS executive director, at (414) 286-3074 or email her at

The event is open to members, their guests and friends of the Society.

Since 2010, Mr. Schlicht has held positions at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, a unit of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Most recently he oversaw the corporation's Great Lakes Regional Initiative in Cleveland, being concerned with foreign trade and maritime and economic development in the United States and Canada.

A native of Oak Creek and a member of WMHS, Mr. Schlicht earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master of public administration from American University in Washington, D.C. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett named Mr. Schlicht as director of Port Milwaukee, in 2018.


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Mark Your Calendar for May 16, 2019

The Wisconsin Marine Historical Society's 60th Diamond Jubilee is being planned for May 16, 2019. The gala will be held at the Town Club in Fox Point, Wis.

Stay tuned for details.