Tall Ship tour on The Detroit River
Tall Ship tour on The Detroit River
Before Detroit was a glimmer in the imagination of European explorers minds, the river flowed along banks rich in history. Later with its new name, the Detroit River witnessed the fierce battles of the Ottawa and the British. It saw Ransom Eli Olds’ factory burn in 1901, generations board four-story boats destined for Boblo Island, and the skyline of Detroit rise, fall, and rise again. It’s hosted dignitaries, visionaries, rockstars, military fleets, and millions of families over the centuries. Hosting everything from prohibition smuggling to the pleasure yachts of industrial titans, the Detroit River is an irreplaceable part of the city’s history. The Detroit History Club is honored to invite you to join us for a legendary evening on board the eighty five foot long tallship, The Appledore IV. With a seventy six foot mast and over 3,500 square feet of sails, The Appledore IV has majestically sailed the Great Lakes for nearly twenty years. On board you’ll be greeted by the Captain and crew of this beautiful sailing vessel, along with your guide. You will depart from the Port of Detroit and sail up the river past the Ambassador Bridge as Bailey shares the stories of the city's skyscrapers, the wars for control of the river, and the secret hiding spots of mischief makers. Together with the crew you’ll raise the mainsail, cut through the waves, and learn the history of tall ships on Michigan waters. As the sun sets over Detroit we will glide past Belle Isle state park to see the shining beacon of the Livingstone Lighthouse. After a few turning maneuvers on Lake Saint Clair, you’ll sail back to port with a set of once in a lifetime memories.
We will provide a light Detroit snack along with water and pop on board the ship. The captain has extended an invitation for you to bring your own alcoholic drinks and snacks on-board as well, however, no glass bottles or glassware may be used.
Boarding begins at the ticketed time and includes a mandatory safety talk. Late arrivals are not able to board. Please leave yourself enough time to park and make your way to the ship. The ship will depart from The Port of Detroit, to the immediate West of the Renaissance Center at 130 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48226
Parking is at the ticket holders expense. There are several choices but the two most convenient are Port Authority Parking and The Miller Garage.
The ship sails in all types of weather and we highly recommend a good pair of shoes and weather appropriate clothing, including a jacket or windbreaker. Rain, wind, choppy seas, or invading Canadians will not cancel a sail. In the event of a very rare, Coast Guard closer of the river for extreme weather, or the ships captain calling an “Unsafe to Sail” all tickets for that day and time will be refunded fully. Guests will be alerted via phone and email in the event of a cancellation.
Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Purchase a membership by clicking HERE if you’re not already a member. Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards will be mailed USPS within one week of joining, and need not be presented at events.