Michigan Marvels: The Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Andy Morrison
The Detroit News

What started as a museum on an old sailing ship has turned into one of the premier maritime museums in the Great Lakes.

A maritime museum was opened by the city of Detroit aboard the wooden schooner J.T. Wing in 1949 on the shore of the Detroit River on Belle Isle. The ship was the last wooden commercial sailing ship on the Great Lakes. But by 1956 the ship was deteriorating and the museum closed.