Friends Goodwill

“We have met the enemy and they are ours…”, Commander Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S.N., Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813.  This famous dispatch, dashed off within an hour after the great guns fell silent, went on to reference a merchant sloop turned man-o-war.  That sloop was Friends Good Will.  The Michigan Maritime Museum launched a replica of this fateful vessel in 2004.  Scarano Boatbuilding, Inc. of Albany, New York, designed and built Friends Good Will, to be rigged and sailed by Museum volunteers.  The vessel serves as an historic flagship for the reservation of traditional maritime skills.“  Information from Sail Tall Ships, 19th edition


Flag: USA

Rig:  Square topsail sloop

Homeport:  South Haven, Michigan

Normal Cruising Waters:  Upper Great Lakes

Spared Length:  101’

LOD:  56’3”

Draft:  8’9”

Beam: 16’10”

Rig Height: 82’

Sail area: 3,180 square feet

Tons:  49.2 GRT

Power:  Diesel

Hull:  Wood

*Information provided by Sails Tall Ships, 19th edition