Posts Tagged ‘Sailing Ship’

Change The Harbor!

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My great Idea for the City of Racine using the Harbor, Freight Rail and Wind Power to create real UNION jobs, transistion from Peak oil and create tax base growth for the City of Racine

In a few words build a terminal at the County owned Harbor to handle freight. Use Rail to move off loaded freight to a trucking hub.

I expand the idea

Due to the price of Oil Sailing ships are making a come back http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/12/tech/sailing-green-merchant-ship

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As the price of oil keeps going up, this will only continue.  Companies wanting to keep shiping costs down will be looking for ways to do so.

The use of sail for non-time critical Cargo will begin to be used more and more. From transport of  Soybeans/Corn to Coal cold be transported by Sail.  Racine could moving to create a small Freight Harbor for the Sailing Cargo ships to use with Truck/Rail Terminal to off load the Cargo and repair center be that for the Engines still in use or rigging on the Ships.

My plan would also call for some type of Temp Housing for the Sailors as they may wait for their ship to be reload for the next trip out.  I see a great opportunity to build a Maritime Museum/Retail Center for locals/ tourists  wanting to see the Ships sail into and be off loaded.

Unlike the Downtown Racine trying to serve only the rich and white (The More rich and white the better) this area would be a great place for all t come and visit. We would soon find the Downtown changed to be a far more happier place  full of just plain folk seeing something be created like no other place in America, we find return visitors more and more. Unlike no visitors like we see now. Of course the DRC would not like this but no worries as with the Downtown dieing fast the DRC would come to mean little (Kinda like now)

We would not try and compete with the Milwaukee Harbor but create our own market. The better the Harbor serves the Small Cargo ships the more that would come. Bringing more money/jobs to the City .

Racine too would quickly see other businesses  come to Racine to serve this new industry.

Of course City Taxes would have to come down and a honest City Government  be in office.

Interesting idea to think about.

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Great Lakes Maritime Museum An idea we will never see II

An idea we  will never see II

Visiting Kenosha as my wife and I do from time to time, we see the local museums draw a huge crowd. This crown by looking at the plates on the car come from all over the Midwest not just Kenoshia.

A good Museum could be a great draw to the city far more then the Party like Drunks that IMHO is the theme for Downtown Racine now.

A Great Lakes Maritime Museum in Racine along Lake Michigan, say in the area of the old Point Blue site was to be could in fact be a great draw for tourists around the Midwest to visit.

This Museum as I envision it would offer not only the history of Lake Michigan but focus on the importance of Lake Michigan in Commerce to America/Wisconsin.

I would also have some type of Scale model of a typical ship found on the Lake say in the 1880’s.  Like the General Micheal Airport in Milwaukee models of the  ship types from say 1700’s to what is found on the Lake today.

Be great to create a relationship with one of the Historical Sailing ships to visit Racine for say a week each Spring to focus attention to both the Museum and sailing ship.

This Museum would not be funded by Tax $$ but I look for cash from Companies dealing with Boating and Shipping . Other funds could come from History Buffs and just plain folks who would want to be part of this.

Continued income could come from a Cafe and Gift shop. For just fun I have an On Line only Pirate Ship that for a fee one could join and with your fee get a Letter of Mark and other swag.

In fact this could be the start of the fund raising to create said Museum

Of course this will most likely never happen or be supported by the Good old Boys and if want to know why. Let me say this ever hear of the Imaginarium?