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History Column 283 Dave Petersen Dick Weinert of Ludington recently loaned me some carferry photographs that he wanted to share with our readers. There are some exceptionally nice views and quite a few that include crew members that I'm hoping to use over the next couple months. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic 1 Ray Lessard pictured left and Garvey Borgerding left. Ray Lessard worked for the Railroad for 43 years and aboard the carferries for 21 years from about 1928 to 1949 as a steward and cook. He was born in Ludington in 1905 and married Doris Foster in 1938. Ray retired in 1970 and was heavily involved in local organizations and community service activities throughout his life. Pic 2 The Freight Shed at the old number one slip is seldom seen without traffic of some type blocking the view. The Shed was a major employer that would have 500 to 700 hands working around the clock during its busy season. The Shed was reported closed on June 25th 1949 as operations shifted to the new steel fabricated building next to South Madison street. Pic 3 The Arthur K Atkinson looks in much better shape in this circa 1959 photograph then it did when moored at Ludington a few years back. Originally built to be named the Maitland II in 1917, and then launched as the Ann Arbor No. 6. Seen here as the Arthur K Atkinson and laid up in 1982. Pic4 Bob Weinert is pictured here in 1949 aboard the City of Flint on the radio in his bunk. There were a couple ham radio operators that worked on the boats, Ted Schultz being one. Pic5 The Jones Island car ferry slip, owned by the Port of Milwaukee and leased to the Pere Marquette Railway is seen in this circa 1950 photograph. The crews are getting unloaded and preparing for the next crossing. Pic 6 This is part of the crew in 1941 aboard the City of Flint. Like most groups of young men they are having their fair share of fun even at the expense of their shipmates posing for a photograph. Unfortunately this group is unidentified, see anyone you know?

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