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Group trying to purchase Ford

March 7, 2013

ALPENA — The 110-year-old J.B. Ford, the only remaining vessel of the W.A. Hawgood Fleet, could be facing the scrapyard in six months....

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Mar-08-13 10:10 AM

Ah, the old J.B...I was fortunate to have sailed on her for several seasons, my favorite vessel. I was a coalpasser, fireman, and oiler on her in the seventies. It would be great to have the J.B.Ford moored in Alpena. I would gladly volunteer to prepare the boat for display, it would be an honor and a priveledge.

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Mar-08-13 10:29 AM

Placing this vessel underwater as a dive site would be a travesty. Why a phony shipwreck when all people could see history rather than the few who dive.

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Mar-10-13 5:40 PM

I always wondered why Alpena never acquired a historic museum ship to try to lure the tourist dollar on its way up to the U.P. I hope for success, having watched Jack Purvis reduce the historic cement fleet steamers... fading into memory like the steam oil tankers in the 80s. The relatively small J B Ford would be easier to maintain than the Valley Camp or the large oreboats serving as museums in Cleveland and Toledo.

Steven W Lindsey state rep (retired) Keene, NH (former crewmember aboard the USCGC Katmai Bay)

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Mar-11-13 10:26 AM

I love to to see the cost benefit analyst on maintaining the old rusty hulk of a ship. While our present crumbles, and our future is uncertain, why invest in the past? shredder

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