Katherine V & Our Fisheries Heritage

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.


 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 

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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.

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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.

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Fifty-three feet in length and with a net tonnage of twenty-three, the Katherine V was used by Charles and two of his sons to harvest lake trout, chubs and whitefish from Lake Huron for the next forty plus years. Its original three-cylinder 75-90 horsepower Kahlenberg diesel engine provided the propulsion over its entire lifetime. Descendants of Charles and Katherine donated the vessel to the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan several years ago.