Schooner-barge replica unveiled at museum
Tyco donates model of vessel abandoned in river
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 AM
MARINETTE — A new piece of history has found its home at the Marinette County Logging Museum on Stephenson Island.
Colleen Repplier, president of Tyco, unveils a ship replica of the City of Grand Haven that was donated Wednesday to the Marinette County Historical Society at the Marinette County Logging Museum on Stephenson Island.
Tyco recently donated a replica of the City of Grand Haven, a schooner-barge abandoned in 1936 at the Sixth Street Slip in Marinette, to the Marinette County Historical Society recently. The finished replica was unveiled Wednesday during a private ceremony at the museum.
“This means a whole lot to us,” said Colleen Repplier, president of Tyco. “The Marinette operations are such an integral part of the City of Marinette, the community is comprised of a lot of our families of employees that work there. So we have a very special and deep connection with Marinette and to be able to uncover and bring this piece of history for the whole public to enjoy is a special feeling.”
Tyco came across the barge in 2013 while dredging a part of the Menominee River and removed the remains from the river.
“We wanted to be able to preserve that but it (the barge) was contaminated from being in the river for so long,” Repplier said. “So really the only way that we could save it and bring it to the community was to create a replica.”
That is not to say nothing was salvaged from the wreck.
“You can’t really restore the whole thing (the barge), it would be impossible to do,” said Larry Wilson, project manager at Tyco. “The big surprise was getting the rudder intact, which is really a cool piece for the city.”
Wilson said the rudder will be transported to the museum as soon as a place to display it can be constructed.
A private ceremony was held at the Marinette County Logging Museum for the city’s leaders and the people who were closely involved with the dredging and replica projects. Along with Repplier and Wilson, Marinette County Historical Society President Frank Lauerman III, Marinette Mayor Denise Ruleau and State Rep. John Nygren spoke to those in attendance.
Tyco finished dredging a part of the Menominee River last summer. They removed approximately 259,000 cubic yards of material from the river and brought the contamination down to 50 parts per million.
According to Wilson, Tyco is currently preparing to continue dredging the Menominee River as a betterment project in partnership with the Environment Protection Agency. He said Tyco plans to bring the contamination down further to 20 parts per million, which would significantly decrease the amount of time the Menominee River is listed as an area of concern.
Wilson said they plan to remove approximately 47,000 cubic yards of contaminated materials and finish the project by the end of summer in 2015.