Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Avenue
South Haven, MI 49090
Contact: Contact: Michigan Maritime Museum Phone: (269) 637-8078
Heroes On Deck Documentary Screening
Back by popular demand, the Michigan Maritime Museum is holding a film screening for the well-received documentary, Heroes on Deck. The Heroes On Deck documentary tells the little-known story of a bold and innovative response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Following that catastrophic event, the U.S. Navy was desperate for aircraft carrier-qualified pilots. With enemy submarines patrolling both coasts, and Lake Michigan being the only Great Lake completely within the United States…why not train pilots in the safety of Lake Michigan? Two Great Lakes passenger steamers were immediately converted into makeshift aircraft carriers, USS Wolverine and USS Sable. Between 1942 and the end of the war, more than 15,000 aviators – including future President George H.W. Bush -- were trained aboard these “freshwater flattops.” Crashes and “water landings” often led to serious injuries and occasionally death. As a result, more than one hundred fighters and dive-bombers sank to the bottom of the lake. To date, more than 40 aircraft have been brought to the surface. Heroes on Deck captures some of the key recoveries and restoration efforts, and celebrates the stories of the brave pilots who survived this ingenious training operation. Narrated by legendary CBS and A&E newsman Bill Kurtis, Heroes on Deck, brings to life a vital chapter of American history.
The screening will be held Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30-7:30pm at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. There is no admission fee for Museum members. Light refreshments will be provided. The Museum will be open before the event beginning at 12pm. Tickets will include admission to the Museum, including the newest exhibit, Lake Michigan’s Call to Duty. For more information, contact the Museum at 269-637-8078 or visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/events/
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau