The abbie
The Abbie
by Tyson Snow
The "Abbie" bronze bas-relief sculpture is a representation of the last schooner built in Ludington in 1886 for merchant Rasmus Rasmussen. Due to a storm on November 8, 1905 the "Abbie" was forced ashore and wrecked off Portage Point near the entrance to Portage Lake in Manistee County, Michigan. The "Abbie" was a double-masted schooner that was 88 feet long. It was named after a nineteenth-century Ludington postmaster's wife. While the schooner was being built the postmaster asked Rasmussen if he would name the schooner after his wife. In exchange the postmaster would buy a windsock for the ship. The end result was that the schooner was named "Abbie" and Harry Scott, the postmaster, furnished a windsock.[28] Jack Rasmussen and his wife Shirley donated the funds for the sculpture. Jack is the grandson of Rasmus Rasmussen. The Abbie was a double-masted schooner 88-feet long. Rasmus Rasmussen often sailed the schooner between Ludington and Chicago with merchandise. Medium: Bronze Located in the Maritime Heritage Park, an area south of the Loomis Street Boat Ramp west of downtown Ludington
Location Maritime Heritage Park, Ludington, MI
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