South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Commercial fishing was part of South Haven's diverse maritime economy from the 1860s until the 1970s. In 1932, Christopher Jensen, a Danish immigrant, opened a commercial fishery on the Black River near the Dyckman Avenue Bridge. The Jensen family ran a wholesale and retail fish business until 1988. The buildings used to store fishing nets and equipment were converted to marina facilities in the 1970s and 1980s, symbolizing how commercial fishing has been adapted for sport and recreational purposes.
Honors the memories of lifelong commercial fisherman
Chris Jensen & Son, Charles (Chuck) Jensen
Erected by The Elsie J & Michigan Maritime Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 42° 24.372′ N, 86° 16.504′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Black River Street 0.1 miles south of Dyckman Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 268 Black River Street, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evelyn S (a few steps from this marker); Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haven Peaches (about 500 feet away); Algonquin Legends of South Haven (about 500 feet away); South Haven World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Shipbuilding (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downtown's Rich History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commercial Shipping (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts. Marker is part of South Haven's Harbor Walk series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. South Haven Harbor Walk
Also see . . .
1. The Armistice Day Storm. The "storm" of November 11, 1940 was one of the worst storms in the recorded history of Lake Michigan. In all, the storm claimed 5 vessels, and 66 lives. The storm hit late Monday afternoon, November 11th, with winds of hurricane proportions. The winds struck suddenly from the southwest at about 2:30 P.M. and were accompanied by drenching rain, which later changed to snow. The winds reached peak velocities of 75 miles per hour, the highest in local maritime history. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. South Haven Harbor Walk. This South Haven Harbor Walk map shows the location of this and other historical markers in South Haven. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. About The Elsie J. The Elsie J is a 48 ft. x 13 ft. fishing tug that was built by the Burger Boat Co.in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1945 for Chris Jensen of South Haven, Michigan. The Elsie J has undergone several changes over the years to include the addition of the pilothouse and modification of the stern for passengers. Chris Jensen began commercially fishing aboard the Elsie J just after taking delivery of her in 1945. His son Chuck eventually took over the family business and fished aboard the Elsie J until 1976 when commercial fishing was banned on the Great Lakes. Equipped with her original 75-90 hp. Kahlenberg Oil Engine, the boat is still at South Haven operating as a licensed charter boat by the original owner's grandson, Captain Bob Jensen. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.