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Article 321 History Column Dave Petersen This week we will take another look through some of the images in the Robertson collection before we take an in depth look at the Township of Hamlin. If you have not been watching the news you've missed the announcements that Hamlin Township is celebrating its Sesquicentennial this year. If you are interested in adding to the history of Hamlin pull out those old photos and stories and give me call 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 Pic1 The City of Midland, built by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company is preparing for its maiden voyage in 1941. She was received with great fanfare in Ludington as schools closed and thousands lined the channel to cheer her in to the harbor. In 1995 the Midland was sold to Contessa Cruise Lines as a potential floating casino but it never materialized and the once proud Queen of the Lakes was reduced to a barge. Pic2 This is a nice view of the Ann Arbor 3, built in 1898 by the Globe Iron Works in Cleveland Ohio. The Ann Arbor 3 sailed for the railroad out of Frankfort from 1898 to 1962 when she was cut down and reduced to a carferry barge. Pic3 Lightships had an important role to play on the Great Lakes during times when navigational aids relied on the stars rather than technology and lighthouses were not feasible in certain locations. The ships were named for the location they were protecting. The Milwaukee was built in 1912 in Muskegon and served at Milwaukee until 1932. Pic4 There is something about the old life rings aboard sailing ships the inspired people to stick their head in the center to take that touristy picture for their mantle back home. They look like they are enjoying the trip. The City of Saginaw (PM 31) was sister ship to the PM 32 The City of Flint and was built in Pic5 The Badger of course is near and dear to everyone's heart and is a living symbol of the City of Ludington. This view of the Badger was taken by Les Borst circa 1955. The Badger was built in 1953 by the Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay and is currently operated by the Lake Michigan Carferry Service. Pic6 The Badger was operated originally by the C&O railroad. Once Abandonment was approved Glen Bowden and George Towns took the reins in a new company called the Michigan Wisconsin Transportation Company. Without that effort by these local businessmen the carferry business may have disappeared from Ludington. If you have pictures or stories about the MWT feel free to contact me for inclusion in an upcoming series.

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