Port Huron Museum Presents: The Era of Commercial Shipbuilding

The Era of Commercial Shipbuilding

Port Huron Museum

The Era of Commercial Shipbuilding is discussed deeply in this lecture by Guest Speaker, Paul Schmitt. Paul discusses Shipbuilding’s importance in Port Huron years ago. The first commercial vessel built in Port Huron was the Sloop Temperance in 1838. Within 15 years, there were 27 more commercial vessels built in Port Huron. Many commercial ships were built in Port Huron, second only to Marine City. So many ships were being built due to the abundance of both coniferous and deciduous trees which were used in the manufacturing process.

This lecture is just one of several lectures held at the Fort Gratiot Light Station this fall. Admission is only $5 per person, but free for museum members. Below you will find dates for upcoming lectures. Mark your calendars!


September 30th – Ship Signals on the Great Lakes

October 14th – Ship Photography

October 28th – Disasters on the Great Lakes

To learn more about the different events hosted by the Port Huron Museum, visit their website at PHMuseum.org.

Learn all about Shipbuilding in Port Huron on Blue Water Healthy Living!


The Port Huron Museum of Arts and History was founded in 1967, and through a community-wide volunteer effort, opened its doors in 1968. Housed in an historic Carnegie Library (built in 1904), the Museum provides exhibitions and programs relating to local history, fine arts (with an emphasis on regional art), decorative arts, natural history, and Great Lakes marine lore. The Museum is the only year-round, multi-disciplinary cultural institution in Michigan’s Thumb Region (a five-county area). The Museum began as a completely volunteer-operated organization, and now employs a staff of seven full-time, three part-time, and seasonal part-time staff during the summer months. In addition to serving our own community, the Museum is recognized throughout the state of Michigan and nationally as a center for research in folk arts, archeology, and Great Lakes marine lore.

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