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PM 22 Bell coming home History Column 218 Dave Petersen Treasures found! The Ships Bell, Gyroscope and a Wheel Assembly from the Pere Marquette 22 have surfaced and are scheduled to come home to Ludington. A business in the Chicago area that goes by the name of 1-800- Got-Junk was recently cleaning out an estate when the family of a retired nuclear Physicist from Hinsdale turned the items over to for disposal. Sam Schick researched the items and contacted the Ludington Daily News and Historic White Pine Village to find out if anyone here had an interest in these exceptional items. The bell is inscribed PERE MARQUETTE 22, 1924 which is the year that the PM 22 was launched, the gyroscope is a dead on match to the one in photographs of the pilot house. The wheel assembly may be from the 1953 conversion as it does not match the wheel in period photographs of the wheelhouse and is being researched. The PM 22 was launched July 22nd 1924 and was one of 6 ships built to the same design. She arrived in Ludington September 24th 1924. On November 1st 1971 the 22 was laid up during a coal strike and never sailed again. She sailed for 47 years out of the Port of Ludington and was sold in 1973 to Construction Aggregates Corp From the company's promotional material "1-800-GOT-JUNK is pioneering an industry that is helping people remove junk, regain space, and live cleaner lives. Whether it's an old sofa or a pile of junk in the garage, household junk or a commercial clean-out, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? removes it for you. We are passionate about recycling and reuse to reduce what goes in our landfills. You can trust 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to haul your junk in a quick, efficient, professional manner." Sam Schick the Company's owner had this to say about the artifacts that were given to them for disposal. "Four years ago I dropped out of corporate America to become an entrepreneur and do for myself what I had been doing for other companies. In order to chase the "American Dream" my family had to make certain sacrifices to make our business a success. "Well, we accomplished our objective and feel a greater sense of responsibility in serving history and giving back what is rightfully a piece of Ludington's history and not ours. I would very much like to see them placed in the Maritime Museum in Ludington." Shaye Hoobanoff is the Public Relations contact for the Company, I asked him about the strange or unusual items that they have come across. Locally they have found a full sized WWII bomb, the type that was loaded under the planes wings, and a complete WWI uniform. Shaye went on to say "We remove all sorts of junk from all sorts of people in different situations every day so the 'unique and wow' factor has worn off for the team except with rare items like these ones. Many of the items we get on the job are donated and recycled, especially the metals." Doing something useful with historical 'treasures' found on the job is one of the perks of owning a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? business." Some of the other things that have been found across the franchise are John Wayne's Bible, 6 foot tall pink Walkie Talkies that worked, authentic Louis Vutton Purses and a morticians cabinet and a Coffin. The items from the PM 22 are scheduled to be donated to Historic White Pine Village to be included in the planned Maritime Museum to be housed in the old Coast Guard Station. QUOTE FROM RON WOOD Too many of our historical treasures are lost, many of them find their way to the landfills and each loss makes us collectively that much poorer. This donation enriches our maritime history, and helps to tell our story to the visitors and residents alike of a time when Ludington was the home of the largest fleet of carferries in the world. The efforts of Sam Schick and his employees to save, return, and preserve important historical items deserve recognition and our thanks. If you have any stories or photographs you would like to share with our readers please feel free to contact me at 757-3240, davep@blackcreekpress.com or mail care of Ludington Daily News PO Box 340 Ludington Mi 49431

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