Grand Rapids News
August 19, 2012
COLOMA, Mich. (AP) — An ambassador for a tall ship modeled after one built in Michigan and captured by the British 200 years ago will visit a southwestern Michigan museum to discuss the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes.
Speaking Tuesday at North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma is Jim Spurr. He’s chairman of a committee that helped research, design, build and launch the new Friends Good Will.
Friends Good Will is based at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven but periodically visits other ports and participates in re-enactments. It’s expected to be part of Tall Ships America 2013’s celebration War of 1812’s bicentennial.
The Great Lakes region was a key conflict area in the war, with U.S. and British land and naval forces clashing over control of what’s now Canada.