USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


“We have met the enemy and they are ours…” -Commander Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S.N., Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. This famous dispatch, dashed off within an hour after the great guns fell silent, went on to reference a merchant sloop turned man-o-war. That sloop was Friends Good Will. The Michigan Maritime Museum launched a replica of this fateful vessel in 2004. Scarano Boatbuilding, Inc. of Albany, New York, designed and built Friends Good Will, to be rigged and sailed by Museum volunteers. The vessel serves as an historic flagship for the preservation of traditional maritime skills. The Michigan Maritime Museum is developing programs and curriculum, utilizing its Padnos Boat Shed as a rig shop and its ample exhibit space so to assist in educating members, visitors, school groups of all ages and special tours about Michigan’s maritime history and culture. Combining these resources with dockside interpretation and a day sail program throughout the summer, Friends Good Will employs traditional materials and skills to keep Michigan’s rich maritime heritage alive.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Sloop
Homeport: South Haven, MI
Sparred Length: 101'
LOD: 56' 3
Draft: 8' 9
Beam: 16' 10
Rig height: 82'
Sail Area: 3,180 square feet
Tons: 54
Hull: wood


Who Sails? Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College
Program Type: Maritime History, Marine Science, geography, navigation
Normal cruising waters: Upper Great Lakes
Season: May-September
Built: 2004
Crew: 14
Contact: Robert Harnish, Captain
Tel: 269-637-8078
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