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History Column Dave Petersen pic #1 A great view of the City of Midland on her maiden voyage into the harbor at Ludington, This great photograph was taken by Harold Holmes from the tower near the Coast Guard Station. Harold was a talented local photographer and worked in the area from about 1930 to 1960. unfortunately his store burned about 1955 and many of his pictures and negatives were lost. pic #2 A nice view of the City of Saginaw taken by local photographer Ted Schultz, Ted was an avid amateur photographer and also had a good eye for an interesting picture. He was worked on the carferries from 1940 to 1980. Pic 2a Ted Schultz on his way to work. pic# 3 A close up of the carferry Milwaukee taken by Herman Schmock who was the chief engineer of the Marshall F Butters, The Butters sank o Lake Erie October 20th 1916 on what was called Black Friday. Three other ships sank in that storm. pic#4 While this picture on the PM 3 was not taken by Captain Allen Hoxie as he is pictured in the center of the group, he certainly did take his share of photographs as well. If you recall the PM 3 sank on March 9th 1920 off Ludington while the good Captain was on vacation. He never took another day off while his ship was running during the regular season again. Pic#5 This is one of those great ice photographs taken on board the City of Flint on November 11th 1940, this is one of a series of about 30 pictures attributed to a man nicknamed JJ and I have been told that JJ was a carferryman named Wojantowski. Pic#6 This is an inside view of the City of Flint's pilot house taken by Erhardt Peters who was a wheelsman on the Flint in the early 1930's. Inside views of ships are generally harder to come by especially pictures of the engine rooms. If you have any stories or photos you would like to share with our readers please feel free to contact me at 757-3240 or davep@blackcreekpress.com, mail should be sent in care of the Ludington Daily News PO box 340 Ludington Mi 49431.

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