Maritime Marvels

Friends Good Will Tall Ship

Learn about South Haven's history and enjoy an experience on a historic vessel in South Haven's maritime district!


260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: 269-637-8078
Bernida is a Universal Rule R Class Sloop and a thoroughbred racing yacht.  She made her way to the Great Lakes in 1925 and won the inaugural Bayview-Port Huron Mackinac Race later that summer.  She won again in 1927. After refurbishment in 2010, she entered the Bayview-Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 2012 and repeated her victory of 87 years before. She was donated to the Michigan Maritime Museum within weeks of her triumph. She is fast and elegant; like the 1920’s. Come join the Museum and the crew to experience Bernida yourself!

Elsie J

394 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 470-6100
Take a relaxing tour on the Elsie J, the one and only 1945 fishing tug that has been owned by the Jensen family for three generations. We offer sunset cruises, private cruises and scuba diving trips. Bob is a licensed Captain and scuba instructor.

Friends Good Will

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
Friends Good Will is a replica of a top sail merchant sloop that plied the waters of the Great Lakes in the early 19th century. Staff and volunteer crew, dressed in period clothes, offer passengers a glimpse into the life and operations of a Great Lakes sailor. Friends Good Will offers historical sails, pirate chaser sails, sunset sails, and even acts as a classroom for school groups to learn about early Michigan history and the Great Lakes.

Lindy Lou

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
Lindy Lou takes passengers up and down the river, giving them a perspective of South Haven from city to country, from the present into the past. She offers the chance to recapture those days from the late 1890s through the 1930s when launches plied the Black River, delivering guests to resorts, taking picnickers to up-river parks and pavilions, and generally helping fill the lazy hours of summer with relaxing diversions.

Maritime District Harbor Walk

234 Black River Street - South Haven
The Harbor Walk runs from pierhead to pierhead with historic markers along the Black River. Scenic views of Lake Michigan, the Black River, and the harbor!

Merry Time

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
Merry Time is a 1929 Chris Craft Cadet made of gorgeous mahogany. One of just over 1,000 Chris Craft Cadets built since 1927, the boat, hull number 1886, is capable of travelling as fast as 35 mph. Today this classic beauty takes Michigan Maritime Museum visitors out for a ride unlike any other.

Michigan Maritime Museum

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
The Michigan Maritime Museum is unique among museums because it offers nearly a half dozen different sailing and river boat excursions on both historic and replica vessels.

Sailing South Haven

515 Williams Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 214-2445
They offer two hour cruises aboard a 37' Gulfstar.  Join them for a morning sail, an afternoon in the sun or a romantic sunset.  Passengers are encouraged to take the helm or simply sit back & enjoy the cruise.  This is the perfect addition to your South Haven vacation--a sail on beautiful Lake Michigan.  Bring your own beer and wine.

South Haven's Historic Lighthouse

Water Street - South Haven
For over 100 years the lighthouse has guarded the entrance of the Black River. Thousands of South Haven lighthouse fan photos have circled the globe!

The Sun Setter

345 Water Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 364-0608
Feel Safe; the "Sun Setter" is an ex-United Stated Navy Utility Launch Boat. The Vessel is United States Coast Guard inspected and licensed to carry 40 passengers. Children of all ages welcome.  Alcohol is permitted only, canned beer and boxed wine preferred. Personal size coolers permitted. Duration of a cruise is approximately one hour, twenty-five minutes.  

USCG 36460

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
This 36-foot Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat was built in 1941 in Curtis Bay, Maryland. In 2012, as they were starting work on their new film The Finest Hours, which tells the true story of the Pendleton rescue, Disney approached owner Jeff Shook, asking to use 36460 in the movie. After its time in the spotlight in Hollywood, 36460 has found a no-less exciting home as one of the stars of the Michigan Maritime Museum fleet!
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South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252