- On Belle Isle, two cannons from the Battle of Lake Erie mark the entrance to this marine branch of the Detroit Historical Museums. A visit affords a fascinating short course in Detroit's maritime history. Ship models on display range from 19th-century sailing vessels to modern hydroplane racing boats. A 40-ton working pilothouse from the ore freighter William Clay Ford overlooks the Detroit River, where you might see a contemporary freighter gliding past. Another exhibit has yachts owned by automobile magnates in the 1920s and 1930s.
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