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Fishtown shanty soared through the air and back home

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Meggen Watt Petersen
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A crane moves Otherside Shanty to its original location in Leland’s Historic Fishtown, September 29, 2021.

On Wednesday afternoon just before 2 p.m., a giant yellow crane lifted a shanty into the air and placed it in its original home on the Leland River. This was the third shanty to be moved and repaired in Leland’s Historic Fishtown.

High water levels and large waves caused by low pressure systems in Lake Michigan led to flooding.

Amanda Holmes, the executive director of the Fishtown Preservation Society, said each building posed unique challenges and “Otherside Shanty” is no exception.

“It flooded so much that we lost all the flooring,” said Holmes. “We lost insulation, we lost utilities, there’s just a lot more work that has to happen before that building can be occupied again.”

The Otherside Shanty got its name while in service as the storage building for Carlson’s Fishery. The family would often ask for supplies from the otherside of the river. In 2000, it was converted into a vacation rental. It is expected to be ready for occupancy next year.

Carlson’s Fishery is the next shanty to be removed and repaired. That is slated to happen in November.

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Max Copeland / Interlochen Public Radio
Otherside Shanty sits, waiting to be lifted by crane and returned to its original home.
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Max Copeland / Interlochen Public Radio
A gap in the waterfront where the Otherside Shanty will be returned.
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Max Copeland / Interlochen Public Radio
A crowd waits for the Otherside Shanty to be lifted by crane and returned to its original location in Fishtown.
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Meggen Watt Petersen
Otherside Shanty getting placed back in its original home on the Leland River.