The Pointer
Emmet County
Little Traverse Bay
Harbor Springs, Michigan
Northwest Lower Lodging

Harbor Springs

   The area which is now The Pointer Room at Stafford's Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs, Michigan is literally "on the water". It was the boat house for the Harbor Point Association's taxi boat, THE POINTER, which ran between Harbor Point and the Village of Harbor Springs. Because there are no cars allowed on the Point, THE POINTER provided a vital link for the residents of the Association during the summer months. There were a total of three different vessels, all named THE POINTER, which ran from 1930 until 1962. In May 1990, Stafford Smith, founder of Stafford's Hospitality, had the last of these gracious yachts relaunched. This completely restored POINTER is now on display outside Stafford's Pier where people used to catch the boat for service to the Harbor Point Hotel. Using vintage photographs by Virgil Haynes, Harbor Springs boat builder, Steve Van Dam spent seven months creating an authentic restoration of THE POINTER, complete to the green-upholstered interior seating and side curtains. He added a beautifully designed compass rose table, ice storage area and sink to make the vessel a bit more yacht-like. As close as Mr. Van Dam can figure, this POINTER was a work boat built in Chessel, Michigan in 1934 with a painted wood construction typical of Scandinavian design

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