Sailing on a Tall Ship

The Manitou is a Tall Ship which sails in Traverse City, Michigan. We had the privilege to not only sail on the Manitou, but also spend the evening aboard this majestic wonder.


A tall ship is a large traditional sailing ship. The Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. ( It was built in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


The Manitou offers multiple opportunities daily to experience sailing upon a Tall Ship.


We were fortunate to have sufficient winds which enabled the full sailing experience. Raising the large sails required many hands on deck.


The nimble crew exercised feats of balance, strength, and courage; climbing high atop the sails to ensure all were fully open and operational.

With clear communication between the Captain and the Crew, we were soon off and sailing.


After a large group 3-hour cruise, the Manitou returned to dock and everyone who was not spending the evening aboard the ship debarked. Those of us remaining enjoyed the stars and sunset prior to settling into our cabins for the evening.


After a restful evening on calm waters, we made our way to the dining quarters for breakfast. The crew gladly shared some philosophical wisdom as we enjoyed breakfast. “A happy chef makes for a happy crew!”  Our chef was definitely happy as breakfast was delicious and all aboard the Manitou were quite happy.

“The supreme goodness is like water. It benefits all things without contention. In dwelling, it stays grounded. In being, it flows to depths. In expression, it is honest. In confrontation, it stays gentle. In governance, it does not control. In action, it aligns to timing. It is content with its nature and therefore cannot be faulted.”  Lau-Tzo

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