YOU Can Help Finish the Fish Tug Exhibit at the Besser Museum!
 The Katherine V was built and launched on the shores of Lake Huron in 1928.  She is thought to be the last remaining example of the large, wooden fish tugs that once plied the waters of Lake Huron.  This historical significance placed her on the National Historic Register and in the center of the Besser Museum’s new Fisheries Heritage Exhibit.  The Katherine V is currently being restored to her former glory by a small group of very dedicated volunteers who have given thousands of hours in effort, time, and energy.  She will be flanked by a dock and replica fishing village store fronts telling the history of commercial fishing.  Her 3 cylinder, 90hp, Kahlenberg diesel engine is also being rebuilt for the exhibit.

Help us "net" $10,000

Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan


Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.



491 Johnson Street

Alpena, MI 49707