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Near Rogers City in Presque Isle County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

International Shipmaster's Association

 
 
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Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
1. International Shipmaster's Association Marker
Inscription.  The maritime professionals who sail the ships on the Great Lakes are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their fraternal organization, the I. M. S. A. whose purpose is stated in the Association's constitution, "The purpose of this association's constitution shall be to unite all shipmasters and licensed merchant marine officers of the Great Lakes and tributary waters of good moral character, to elevate the character of its members and their profession, and to promote the safety of the Great Lakes profession."

The I. M. S. A. traces its origin to the Port of Buffalo, New York where, in the winter of 1886, the death of the first mate on the steamer "Boston" brought concern for his widow. The local masters and mates upon learning of the situation took up a collection and the Excelsior Marine Benevolent Association was created. This association was set up to establish an endowment fund to financially assist the survivors of the mariners who passed on.

Word of the Association's good works spread across the lakes. Lodges were formed in a number of ports. The first convention of all the lodges of the Association was held in Buffalo,
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New York in January 1891. At the third convention held in Port Huron, Michigan in 1893 the name of the organization was changed to the Shipmasters' Association. Subsequently, the title International was added as it represents both the American and the Canadian seafarer.

In commemoration of the I. S. M. A. Centennial 1886 – 1986

 
Erected by International Shipmaster's Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 45° 29.141′ N, 83° 54.774′ W. Marker is near Rogers City, Michigan, in Presque Isle County. Marker can be reached from County Park Road, 0.2 miles north of U.S. 23, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located within Presque Isle County Lighthouse Park, beside the S.S. Calcite exhibit. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7323 US Highway 23, Rogers City MI 49779, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. SS Calcite (a few steps from this marker); Forty Mile Point Lighthouse / Lake Huron Graveyard of Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bunkhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); 40 Mile Point Lighthouse
International Shipmaster's Association Marker (<i>wide view; S.S. Calcite exhibit behind marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2018
2. International Shipmaster's Association Marker (wide view; S.S. Calcite exhibit behind marker)
(within shouting distance of this marker); S.S. Joseph S. Fay Shipwreck (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Glawe School (about 500 feet away); Site of Frederick Denny Larke Home (approx. 6.4 miles away); Frederick Denny Larke General Store (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogers City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal tablet, mounted at ground-level on a large, polished granite slab. This inscription is across the bottom of the granite slab, below the marker: "Centennial Convention Alpena Michigan 1986"
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. International Shipmaster's Association marker series
 
Also see . . .  International Shipmasters Association. The International Shipmasters Association is a voluntary organization of dues-paying licensed professional mariners and others associated with the maritime community of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Together we are working to help create a safer and more informed waterway system. (Submitted on August 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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