Shorpy Saturday – Noble Riggers: 1906

By Jeffrey Buck

Aside from news of the possible sale of art from the D.I.A. to satisfy creditors, news of a Belle Isle lease has been filling the news airwaves for months. Now that the ink has dried on a lease that will make Belle Isle a state park, let’s look back at a time when getting to Belle Isle didn’t require driving an automobile but merely a ferry boat ride across the Detroit River.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Noble Riggers: 1906“:

Noble Riggers - 1906

Detroit circa 1906. “Belle Isle ferry dock.” A good place to pick up a yacht sail. The steamer Garland, seen earlier here.

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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