Four-Day Tall Ship Excursion Will Explore Great Lakes Lighthouses and History


A unique, pure Michigan experience aboard the tall ship Manitou will set sail September 13-17 for a four day excursion through the Great Lakes, focused on hundreds of historic lighthouses throughout the area.

Author Dianna Stampfler will join the trip aboard the 114-foot dual masted tall ship to share stories and local history with her travelers.

“We introduced this themed cruise last year and it was a sell-out success,” says Stampfler, who has been researching and writing about Michigan’s nearly 130 lighthouses and their heroic keepers for close to 25 years. “There was something really special about projecting images on a canopy aboard the tall ship after dark and sharing spooky stories from my first book, Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses. This year, I’m excited to also add tales from my newly released title Death and Lighthouses on the Great Lakes. A third presentation, ‘Ladies of the Lights,’ will focus on the many female keepers who served in the state.”

The trip is limited to 22 passengers, and includes a special tour of the 1852 Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport inside Leelanau State Park. Each passenger will also receive an autographed copy of one of Stampfler’s books.

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