View the Temporary Exhibit: June 30 – August 14, 2022
Join us for a deeper look at the J.W. Westcott Co. and other vessels that serviced the sailors of the Great Lakes through the years including bumboats, grocery providers, and a butcher boat.
Did you know the Detroit River is home to America’s only floating post office? The J.W. Westcott Company has been servicing commercial ships with various needs since 1874. In the early days, a rope would be tossed to a waiting rowboat by a passing ship. While being towed along ship’s side, a Westcott employee loaded correspondence and supplies into a bucket lowered to him by the ship’s crew. Long called “mail-in-the-pail,” the system remains little changed today. In 1948 the J.W. Westcott Co. begin delivering mail to sailors passing by on vessels as an official postal service which still operates today under the zip code 48222!
- Exhibit admission is FREE for members and included with any museum admission purchase.
- The temporary exhibit will be open during regular museum hours—from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.
- Individuals can purchase same-day tickets at the door or online in advance.