With the advent of springtime fancies of men young and old, don't always to thoughts of love. For instance, sometimes they turn to thoughts of sailing. And Capt. Filicano Manzzutti, skipper of the Yankcanuck, is no exception.
The Yankcanuck wintered in the Menominee river harbor in the slip adjacent to the drawbridge. At present the vessel is undergoing general repairs and outfitting.
Nine Men at Work
Captain Manzzutti, whose wife is the former Eleanor Cox of Marinette, said Thursday he hopes to clear the harbor by the latter part of April. He does not look for an earlier season due to the thickness of the ice. Meanwhile he is not sitting around and twiddling his thumbs.
Since February 27, a crew of men has been at work on the repairs. Two of the nine men employed are from Canada and the remainder are local residents. The vessel which is 258 feet long carriers a crew of 27 during the shipping season. The crew will gradually increase to approximately that number as the time for sailing draws near. Replacing of 21 pieces of planking in the oak bottom of the hull, reconditioning of the hatches and other types of work are included in the daily tasks of the crew members.
To Haul for Marathon
Outlook for the 1950 navigation season is favorable Captain Manzzutti, said. His season is 95 percent "booked" for hauling of such material as paper pulp, pulpwood and steel. HE will again haul pulp to the Marathon dock in Menominee. This was started last year when the initial cargo arrived June 11. Many tons of pulp were brought here during the season.
The Yankcanuck, which at one time was the Mindemoya owned by Orin and Robert Angwall and Captain Olson all of Marinette, will touch at a large number of Great Lakes ports both in the United States and Canada during the season. There will be pulp for Marathon, plywood for Thorold, Ontario steel for Saginaw Ashland and Cleveland, in the U.S. and Hamilton and Montreal in Canada .
The skipper said that with only five percent of his sailing time not booked, he can take on but very few more contracts as some time must be left for what re termed "distressed cargoes" A distress cargo is a call for help from a shp that for some reason cannot meet the terms of its contract. Then another ship fulfills the contract. Early last season the Yankcanuck needed such assistance when it was in dry dock for a week or two. Other vessels were called on to take the cargoes which normally would have been carried by the Yankcanuck.
Lucky will be missed
When the vessel sails it will be without the familiar form of Lucky, the dog which sailed for several years on the Yankcanuck. Lucky was a seasoned gob(?) And its shore leave when the vessel docked here proved fatal. The dog couldn't cope with traffic and was killed Sept. 1 when struck by a car. Since then the Manzzuttis have acquired another dog, Rusty, which is part golden retriever Already she has taken over "bossing' of the vessel. The Manzzutti feel she will acquire "sea legs" without much difficulty, although the dog has never sailed on the lakes.
The Yankcanuck is so named because Mrs. Manzzutti is a Yankee and he is Canadian