By Tim Kowols
For almost four decades, the history of Washington Island’s shipwrecks and commercial fishing industry has called the shores of Jackson Harbor home. The Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum on Washington Island features exhibits displaying the nets used by commercial anglers of today and yesteryear and the history of the Great Lakes Gill Net Tugboats. Museum Director Judy Donnelly says one of the more interesting pieces featured is a Ford Model A that had a unique job during winters in the 1930s.
Located near the dock for the Rock Island Ferry, the Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum offers free admission during the tourist season and will host its annual grilled whitefish dinner on June 30.