Friday, July 10, 2015

Ruby Ann

Ruby Ann was sketched this week when we were on Beaver Island, Michigan. The island is located in the northern end of Lake Michigan and is a bit over thirty miles off shore of the mainland. Ruby Ann is an example of what became a traditional Lake Michigan fishing boat. The boats were enclosed because they fished year 'round from them...winter on Lake Michigan is not a fun thing. Unfortunately, the lake was over fished and the industry died. Today Ruby Ann sits askew on old launch ramp timbers, forgotten and rusting away.


  1. A memorial, of sorts, to a failed fishing industry.

  2. Love it, Dave. In a forlorn sort of way, it reminds me of one of the fishing canneries in Alaska. Just before we moved back to the Midwest I had an opportunity to go out and document the place - and what a surreal experience! Like the boat you document here, everything had been abandoned and left untouched in ... well, a long time. Anyway, this is the type of imagery that piques my interest. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great work! Love boat sketches. I like the history, too. I've been trying to learn more about the Great Lakes. We just don't know much of them here in the plains of Kansas. Didn't know they over-fished it.


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