S/V Denis Sullivan


Click the image to learn more. The S/V Denis Sullivan was built to educate modern visitors about nineteenth-century sailing.

The Sailing Vessel Denis Sullivan is a replica three-masted Great Lakes schooner.[1] In the 19th century, schooners were the most common means of transporting bulk commodities on the Great Lakes.[2] In 1991, a group of Milwaukeeans began recreating a three-masted schooner.[3] They formed the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Education Association (WLSEA), a non-profit foundation with the mission of using a replica schooner to teach about the Great Lakes and Wisconsin’s maritime history.[4] Timothy Graul Marine Design’s plan for the vessel was a composite of several different 19th century schooners.[5] While the overall appearance of the vessel above the waterline is fairly true to its predecessors, several below-deck changes (including auxiliary engines) comply with Coast Guard regulations and the mission of the ship.[6] The schooner was named the S/V Denis Sullivan after one of the most famous Great Lakes ship captains.[7]

Work began on the Denis Sullivan in 1996 after the Menominee Nation donated six white pine trees harvested from their forest.[8] The ship was completed in 2000 after more than 300 volunteers put in almost a million hours of time under the direction of professional shipwrights.[9] WLSEA changed its name to Pier Wisconsin by 2002, and the vessel is now owned by DISCOVERY WORLD AT PIER WISCONSIN on Milwaukee’s lakefront.[10] The Denis Sullivan conducts educational day and overnight sailing trips throughout the summer months and sometimes spends the winters in warmer water off of Southern Florida.[11]

Footnotes [+]

  1. ^ Mark D. Pudlo, “Design of the Schooner Denis Sullivan,” Marine Technology and SNAME News 39 (January 2002): 12, retrieved from https://ezproxy.lib.uwm.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/211837197?accountid=15078.
  2. ^ Pudlo, “Design of the Schooner Denis Sullivan,” 12.
  3. ^ Pudlo, “Design of the Schooner Denis Sullivan,” 12.
  4. ^ Pudlo, “Design of the Schooner Denis Sullivan,” 12.
  5. ^ Pudlo, “Design of the Schooner Denis Sullivan,” 12.
  6. ^ Pudlo, “Design of the Schooner Denis Sullivan,” 12.
  7. ^ “The History of S/V Denis Sullivan,” S/V Denis Sullivan website, accessed October 8, 2014, http://www.schoonerdenissullivan.org/About-Us.html.
  8. ^ “The History of S/V Denis Sullivan,” S/V Denis Sullivan website, accessed October 8, 2014, http://www.schoonerdenissullivan.org/About-Us.html; Eric LaRose, “3-Masted Schooner Denis Sullivan Hits Water for Test Sail in Lake Michigan,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 6, 2000, accessed October 8, 2014, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1683&dat=20001106&id=jr4aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ty8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=1947,6252853.
  9. ^ “3-Masted Schooner Denis Sullivan Hits Water for Test Sail in Lake Michigan,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 6, 2000, accessed October 8, 2014, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1683&dat=20001106&id=jr4aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ty8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=1947,6252853; “Volunteering on Board the S/V Denis Sullivan,” S/V Denis Sullivan website, accessed October 8, 2014, http://www.schoonerdenissullivan.org/Volunteers.html.
  10. ^ “Posner Gives $650,000 to Pier Wisconsin,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 18, 2002, accessed October 8, 2014, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1683&dat=20020618&id=Dr4aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9EEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3610,6687762; “The History of S/V Denis Sullivan,” S/V Denis Sullivan website, accessed October 8, 2014, http://www.schoonerdenissullivan.org/About-Us.html, information now available at Historical Information, Discovery World website, https://www.discoveryworld.org/exhibits/sailing-vessel-denis-sullivan/historical-information/, last accessed July 14, 2017.
  11. ^ Mark Crutcher, “Schooner Denis Sullivan Sailing back Home,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 27, 2003, accessed October 8, 2014, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1683&dat=20030527&id=nLIaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S0QEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6551,5654271; “Programs Onboard the S/V Denis Sullivan,” S/V Denis Sullivan website, accessed October 8, 2014, http://www.schoonerdenissullivan.org/Programs.html; Chip Brewster, “S/V Denis Sullivan Prepares for a New Season of Sailing,” Fox6 News, accessed October 22, 2014.

For Further Reading

Pudlo, Mark D. 2002. “Design of the Schooner Denis Sullivan.” Marine Technology and SNAME News 31 (1): 12.

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