February 27, 2013
The Pirate of the Great Lakes:
Dan Seavey Story
Presented by Dr. Richard Boyd, Ph. D.
A Pirate Roams Lake Michigan: The Dan Seavey Story
Argh, what a night to learn about the exploits of Dan Seavey, a character that was plying the waters of Lake Michigan when the SSYC was organized. His exploits, seamanship and carousing will entertain as well as inform. Richard Boyd wrote the book on Dan Seavey and published it with the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association.
The Door County Advocate reported in July, 1908, that “Captain Dan Seavey of the little hooker WANDERER was….arrested off Ludington by officers of the revenue cutter TUSCARORA on the charge of piracy. The skipper is accused of having stolen the little schooner NELLIE JOHNSON, sold her cargo, and attempted to dispose of the vessel.” Dick Boyd writes in his book, that Seavey reportedly smuggled bootleg liquor from Canada and used his vessel as an offshore gambling ship, as well as a water-taxi to move prostitutes from one waterfront bordello to another in Fayette Harbor. In Milwaukee, this six foot, 240 pound seaman also operated a saloon at 214 Sycamore Street (today Michigan Street) before selling it off to head to the Alaska gold fields…abandoning his wife and children.
Dick Boyd will entertain us on February 27 with more of the stories about this outlandish rogue from the Lake Michigan.