By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jul 02, 2020 at 8:21 AM

Sadly, these posts are coming fast and furious. Yet another institution is being hobbled by the coronavirus outbreak and shutdown.

While it celebrates its 20th season, the S/V Denis Sullivan replica three-masted wooden lake schooner won't host visitors and students and will have only a "bare minimum crew" on board to handle maintenance work this season.

According to a post on Facebook, which you can read in full below, "One of the worst things for a wooden vessel is to be neglected, but if we are unable generate funds from taking the public on sails and operating programs with our students and trainees, we are unable to pay crew to care for the vessel."

That's not exactly how Captain Tiffany Krihwan and her crew hoped to fete the 20th anniversary of the vessel's launch at Pier Wisconsin, which it continues to call home.

"It is with a heavy heart we announce that the S/V Denis Sullivan will not be sailing nor open to the public for the 2020 season."

The cost of maintaining the S/V Denis Sullivan runs to about $300,000 a year and, so, it needs your help to stay afloat.

You can donate online to a GoFundMe at or you can send non-electronic donations to:
Captain Tiffany Krihwan
S/V Denis Sullivan
500 N Harbor Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.