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Courtesy of the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society


On August 12, 1864, the USS YANTIC was commissioned. Named for a river in Connecticut, YANTIC was a wooden-hull steamer built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Launched as a gunboat, some claim she was originally designed as a presidential yacht for Abraham Lincoln. YANTIC was 180 feet long with a beam of 30 feet. She saw action late in the Civil War and then served in the ocean fleet from 1865 to 1897. While YANTIC was steam powered, she was configured as a three-masted bark and relied more on her sails while cruising.

In 1897, the navy removed YANTIC from the active fleet and loaned her to the state of Michigan for use as a training ship by the naval militia. For freshwater service her rigging was changed substantially leaving only the foremast, and she received new engines. YANTIC was based at Detroit until 1907 when she moved to Hancock, Michigan.

In addition to training local units in Michigan, YANTIC also took part in maneuvers with other state naval militias on the lower lakes. YANTIC visited Milwaukee and then Green Bay in August 1913 as part of a centennial celebration commemorating Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over a British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

When the United States entered World War I, YANTIC was brought back into the navy fleet and moved to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station north of Chicago. After the armistice, YANTIC was assigned to the Ohio Naval Reserve based in Cleveland.

In 1926, YANTIC was again decommissioned and loaned to the state of Michigan. YANTIC sank at her dock in 1929 due to “structural weakening caused by natural deterioration” (old age). For many years her anchor was on display in front of the Detroit Naval Armory.

Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
814 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53233

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Open House

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March 16th, 2-5 pm

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On Deck

Queen's Cup T-shirt Contest

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Tue, Mar 19
Board Mtg.
Tue, Mar 19
Club Opens @ 4pm
Tue Mar 19 @05:00PM
Taco Night
Tue Mar 19 @07:00PM
LMR Com Mtg. C/R
Wed Mar 20 @11:30AM
Lunch Lakeside Lounge

Sailing and Racing

SailboatsIf you are interested in sailing, and more specifically racing, there are ample opportunities to join one of our racing fleets, or to crew on one of the boats in those fleets.  The women's fleet races on Mondays, small boats race on Tuesdays.  Big boats race on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  And the double handed fleet races on Fridays.

You can learn more about the various racing fleets by clicking here.  And the racing schedule (for all fleets) is available here.


PowerboatOur power boaters are active fishermen.  An annual fishing contest is held in July.  

In addition, our power boaters host a number of events, usually on Thursdays as well as many weekends.

Click here for additional information.


KaszubeCupSSYC offers sailing lessons and a year-round program for children ages 8 - 18.  We offer a six-week series of lessons in Opti's, 420's and Lasers.  Our juniors attend a number of regattas throughout the summer, and host one of thelargest regattas on Lake Michigan, the Kaszube Cup.

Click here to learn more about the Junior program, and here to find out more about the Kaszube Cup regatta.

Social Activities

PartyThe restaurant is open every Friday for lunch and dinner.  

The Entertainment Committee hosts various parties, including:

  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Disco Night
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Review of the Fleet
  • Corn Roast
  • Change of Watch
  • New Year's Eve

and many other, less formal, events throughout the year.

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