JW Westcott Detroit headquarters (photo by JW Westcott)

The J.W. Westcott II is a converted tug boat and it’s 45-feet long13-feet wide, travels 15 knots and is powered by a 220-hp engine.

It was founded way back in 1874 by John Ward Westcott as a little red rowboat off the coast of Belle Isle that he would row out to lake freighters to deliver mail.

On July 1st, 1948, the vessel became an official US Postal Service mail boat, making some 6,000 trips per year and handling over one million pieces of mail from early April to mid December.

2024 marks the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the amazing JW Westcott!

JW Westcott Detroit 150th Anniversary (photo by JW Westcott)

What:          150th Anniversary Celebration of Detroit’s J.W. Westcott Mailboat

When:         Friday, June 07, 2024

Where:        JW Westcott headquarters (12 24th Street, Detroit, MI)

Time:          11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost:           Free (but you MUST register!)

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