Katherine V & Our Fisheries Heritage

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Preservation and Restoration

of the Katherine V

The Kahlenberg Engine

For more information on the engine that was once inside the Katherine V, check out this interview with Dave Robertson, who is currently restoring the engine to working order.


Video compliments of Association of Lifelong Learners member, Richard Bremer.

 Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail:  Katherine V a lone survivor and fishing legend

By Brandon Schroeder


A new Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail offers an opportunity to explore the past, present and future of the lakes through the lens of fish and fishing (see Part 1, series introduction). In this article, we visit Alpena, Michigan and the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan to explore commercial fishing heritage of northern Lake Huron as told through the historic commercial fishing vessel, the Katherine V.


Read the rest of the article:  here 

Visit the Besser Museum to experience this history and see the Katherine V for yourself. 

For a Video Tour of the Katherine V narrated by Clarence "Tuffy" Cross, click the link below.


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