LELAND, MI -- A hallmark of Leland's historic Fishtown, the "Joy" fishing trawler will spend some time in drydock this winter for repairs.

The steel-hulled ship and its sister tug "The Janice Sue" are still-active emblems of commercial fishing's past and have become part of the picturesque landscape along the Leland River and in Lake Michigan.

The process of pulling the Joy from the water in late November was filmed by Jim Burnham, who runs The Leland Report with his father, Keith Burnham. The online diary features daily slice of life images from around Leelanau County.

The handbuilt trapnet fishing tug, which is owned by the non-profit Fishtown Preservation Society, will have general maintenance performed as well as elevating a back railing for safety.

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