Here’s How to Cruise Lake Michigan by 19th-Century Schooner

Experience the lake from a different perspective on the Denis Sullivan.

Of the many different ways to experience and enjoy Lake Michigan, a few hours on the S/V Denis Sullivan is definitely one of the most unusual, and quite possibly the most enjoyable. The 95-foot-tall reproduction of a 19th-century schooner has three masts and 10 sails that make good use of the wind, affording passengers the opportunity to commune with nature, without the noise of a motor to distract them. And if bad weather hits, well, that’s just part of the adventure.

S/V Denis Sullivan

500 N. Harbor Dr.

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[/alert]“I’ve seen people so excited to be out in harsh gales and lightning and some who are scared to even get on the boat,” says Tiffany Krihwan, captain of the Denis Sullivan. “No matter your weather preference, it’s difficult to deny that the Sullivan is special to Milwaukee.”

But what to do when the waves kick up? “I always tell people to dance with the boat, to sway their hips in a rhythm – that steadies their head and prevents vertigo,” says David HB Drake, who was one of 3,000 professional shipwrights and amateur boat lovers from Milwaukee and beyond who helped build the vessel, which docks outside of Discovery World.

Two-hour cruises start at $45 for adults ($40 for Discovery World members). A variety of packages are available, including beer cruises and a four-night adventure, this year to Door County and back.

“Make Waves” appeared in the July 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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