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Armistice Day Storm of 1940 History Column Dave Petersen Saturday marks the anniversary of the maritime disaster known as the Armistice Day Storm of 1940. Myself and others have written about this storm and it's impact locally and around the Great Lakes and I'm not going into detail on the storm today. I think it is appropriate though that we remember the day and the sailors who lost their lives during the storm. I've been fortunate to have been able to make copies of many pictures related to the storm and many of those photos are unpublished. I'm going to share a few of them with you in today's column and I hope that I am sending in some photos that will be new to the readers of this column. There are three photographers that will share the limelight, one is Harold Holmes who operated and owned a Photography Studio on Ludington Avenue until 1960. Many people still remember him and the wonderful black and white stills he took around our area. He took a series of 28 photographs from the shore and breakwater. Wilfred Abrahamson who was on board the Pere Marquette 21 as they worked to pull the City of Flint free from the sandbar took some photographs from the perspective of the PM 21. The other individual is known only as JJ. Many of the carferry workers had nicknames and Jibber Jabber or JJ took some 30 great photographs while on board the City of Flint, if you know who he is feel free to give me a call. The First photo is from onboard the City of Flint just before the storm. If I remember the description correctly the weather that day was much like it was today as I write this, warm almost balmy and that by the time you get to read this Saturday Morning a cold stormy front will have moved in. Minus I hope what was called in 1940 as the "Winds from Hell" The Storm begins #1 By JJ Snagged on the sand bar #2 by Harold Holmes The Storm rages on #3 by JJ The grim task of bringing in bodies from the Davok and Anna C Minch #4 Harold Holmes The PM 21 and Tug Cushing pulls for 26 hours to free the City of Flint #5 Harold Holmes The day after the storm #6 by Wilfred Abrahamson

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