The worlds largest weathervane is in the town of Montague. It is north of Muskegon near Lake Michigan. constructed from aluminum, it stands 48 feet tall with a 26-foot wind arrow which is decorated with a sailing schooner.
The ship on top of the weathervane represents the Ella Ellenwood, a Great Lakes lumber schooner whose home port was Montague. In October of 1901, the Ellenwood ran aground eight miles north of Milwaukee. The crew abandoned ship, and the wind and waves pummeled the wooden ship to pieces. The next spring, a portion of the ship’s nameplate, bearing the word “Ellenwood,” was found in the White Lake channel. It had drifted back across the lake to it’s home port.
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