Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 14, 2012

Set Sail For Muskegon’s Lake Effect Boat Time

The deck of the USS LST 393 will be the scene of a free Friday movie and Saturday’s Sunset Boat Jam, part of the annual Lake Effect Boat Time on Muskegon Lake

Boats of all kinds—pontoons, power boats, sailboats and yachts—are welcome at the festivities during Muskegon’s Lake Effect Boat Time, August 16-19.

The second annual gathering at Muskegon Lake is all about boat raft-ups, parties in the marinas and, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday the 18th, a Community Paddle for anybody in a boat with an oar.

But landlubbers, too, are invited to join in the Lake Effect fun at a couple of standout weekend events that make the trip to the Lake Michigan shore worthwhile.

You can tour the WWII submarine USS Silversides in Muskegon

See three historic ships, all docked in Muskegon, for one price, over the three-day weekend. The ships are:

  • The USS Silversides Submarine Museum. The World War II submarine sank 23 Japanese ships—the third most sinkings—on 14 combat patrols in the Pacific Theater. The Silversides is open through October (hours vary with season) and November-March by appointment.
  • The USS LST 393, a Landing Ship Tank that crossed the ocean and carried troops, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles on 75 trips including the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Of 1,051 LSTs built for WWII, the 393 is one of only two that survive. The LST, which contains a veterans museum, is open for tours May-November (seasonal hours vary).The free summertime movie series on the deck of the LST continues with Abbott and Costello in the 1940 comedy “Buck Privates” the evening of August 17.
  • The S.S. Milwaukee Clipper, a passenger steam ship that cruised the Great Lakes from 1904-1937. She was rebuilt, renamed and relaunched in 1941. The Milwaukee Clipper is open weekends through Labor Day.

Universal ship tour ticket prices for the weekend are $25, $16 children, free admission for preschoolers, WWII Veterans and active duty military.

With the ticket price you’ll also receive a coupon for $5 off a ride on the Port City Princess sightseeing boat, 2-3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Another major event over the weekend is the LST 393 Sunset Boat Jam, 7-10 p.m. Saturday the 18th. Bring your own chair, food and beverage and relax to Jimmy Buffet-style music under the summer sky on the deck of the vessel. Admission is free.

Be sure to spend time in the museums at the Silversides and LST to appreciate the contributions and sacrifices, the living conditions and the demands placed on our military in World War II (and, I imagine, today).

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The USS LST 393 docked near downtown Muskegon is one of only two Land Ship Tanks remaining of the more than 1,000 built during WWII


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