(The 91st Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    When I think about making another Michigan Travel Tips, I often have many themes in mind with which to start my writing.  For example, for a short while, I thought about discussing in this edition how, since the 1880s, little towns have slowly become bigger as the populations increased and how those little towns have become cities and large cities, and I would show how the overall wealth of communities--the citizens--have increased over time as people made things and created assets of life, and I would do that to show up Barack Obama's idea and other communists' idea of how there is only so much wealth in this country and rich people are hogging all the money and the overall wealth does not increase, which is why some people are barely getting by, and that idea is tied to the zero-sum-game idea, which is a nonsense (if you look at the history of one town or city, you can see how the town or city expands over time and grows and how the overall wealth increases).  This time--in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips--I do something special by showing how my research in the past took me to the future, and because of that, this edition of Michigan Travel Tips is going to take you to the past and to the future.

    For the last four summers, I have been a volunteer at the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, which is at Mackinaw City (at the Straits of Mackinaw), and when I have been there at that museum, which is a retired icebreaker known as The Mackinaw WAGB-83, I have been at the pilot house, and over the four years, I have gained more and more knowledge about the ship, which has helped me easily answer questions about the ship and put together a document about the ship.  The museum was closed for the fifth season last month, and since then, I have done at little more research about the ship from such places as the Sikorsky Archives (which is related to the maker of helicopters informally known as Sikorsky helicopters), the Library of Congress, "Fred's Place" (which is Web site entity involving U.S. Coast Guard people), and Zodiac (the maker of Zodiac Hurricanes), and I have been doing the research to close up an updated version of my document for the season.  What my research has done, for instance, is allowed me to find nine incorrectly identified pictures in the book entitled USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83): An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen (which was written by Mike Fornes and published in 2005) and understand more about the radar systems that were on the ship in the past and even on some freighters of the Great Lakes, such as the first that was on ships associated with the limestone mine at Rogers City (of Presque Isle County of the Lower Peninsula), which showed up in 1947 and which was informally sometimes called a "radarscope."  To possibly help me identify old radar systems in photographs so that I could later learn more about them--having the model names in mind--I took a shot in the dark and decided to contact a place that is tied to radar, and what I did is run an Internet search for a radar museum.  I found a place called National Air Defense Radar Museum.  Okay, the name of the place does not hint that anyone, there, would have any knowledge about radar systems on ships, but I sent a note to the entity anyway.  The museum does not exist yet.  But guys and gals are working to make the museum a reality.  One thing that has been done is the operators of the in-the-works museum have acquired a building, which is a building--a former radar tower--on the campus of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, which is at Bellefontaine, Ohio.  That place is where the 664th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron (or the 664th Aircraft Control & Radar Squadron) was based.  Gene McManus of the proposed museum reported to me that the purpose of the squadron was to watch for enemy attack by aircraft, such as those that the might come across the Arctic from the former Soviet Union, and what they did was watch radar screens and maintain radar systems.  Oh, squadrons like the squadron at Bellefontaine were scattered around the country.  The purpose of the proposed museum is to educate people about, for one, continental air defense.  Here, I am urging individuals who worked to defend this country from other countries by working in air defense with radar systems to see the Web site for the museum and maybe get involved in working to get the museum going, and I am also urging individuals with relatives who did work to defend this country from other countries by working in air defense with radar systems to tell those people about the in-the-works museum and to see the Web site and see if any of those relatives have materials that could be used at the museum.

    So, you should see my search for old radar units took me to a place that is coming in the future, which does exist at at least www.radomes.org/museum (or www.radomes.org).

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    Let me finish the topic of the National Air Defense Radar Museum (or NADRM).  When the museum exits, people will be able to learn about the Air Defense Command, which operated from roughly 1946 to 1968, when it became known as the Aerospace Defense Command, which was operational from 1968 to 1980.  The duties and chores that were done by people in the Air Defense Command and Aerospace Defense Command are done by people of other federal agencies today.

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    Yes, many individuals in this country are doing things daily, and, specifically, individuals are doing work to create the National Air Defense Radar Museum, and that is in contrast to some people of the country.  I have noted in other documents that exist at the Web site of The Hologlobe Press that Detroit is a dead city and it will be for many decades, even if people being now to change their political ideologies and beliefs to something much better, such as "conservatism."  By the way, you are urged to see my document entitled Detroit and Death: A View of a Future United States of America, which can be reached by using this link: Detroit.  On Friday, November 4, 2011, the Detroit Free Press published a story entitled "Detroit could be broke by February" (Neavling, Steve.  "Detroit could be broke by February."  Detroit Free Press, 4 November 2011, p. 1A.), and it noted that Detroit, which is already about $200-million in debt, could be an additional $20-million in debt by June, which should be bad news for people associated with the Detroit Science Center, since the information shows more of the nature of Detroit.  On September 26, 2011, the doors of the Detroit Science Center--a big-deal museum in Detroit--were closed, and since then, people have been working to get funding and rework the fiscal plan for the museum so that it can be reopened.  At one point, it looked as if the museum was going to reopen on October 27, 2011, but it did not.  On the day that this edition of Michigan Travel Tips was published--November 10, 2011--the Detroit Science Center was still closed, and although the museum may get reopened before you see this document, I shall say--"The Detroit Science Center is not open to visitors."

    A lot of people do not seem to believe or understand yet enemies--communists like who were being watched for by men and women associated with the Air Defense Command or the Aerospace Defense Command--are inside the borders of this country, and a big enemy is Barack Hussein Obama.

    And now I have to talk about the book entitled USCGC Mackinaw: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen, and I do it to rectify bad work done, which I think is a disservice to the United States Coast Guard.  Mike Fornes wrote USCGC Mackinaw: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen, and I say that he never learned what The Mackinaw was before he wrote the book.  Incidentally, it is possible for a book with photographs to have a photograph error or maybe a typo in a caption (caused by the author or the printer), but a book should not have more than a dozen photograph errors, especially when it can be shown that most of the errors show that the author did a sloppy job of work--did not learn the main subject of what the book was about.  Here are some corrections that a person who owns the book should make to the book, such as by adding this document to it:
    1. On page 16, there is a photograph with he caption--"An early ice breaking photo, probably around 1950.  Already crewmembers were enjoying walking around the ship on the ice."  I found, by going through about three-hundred old newspaper articles, that this photograph was taken in the winter of 1954 (I stumbled across the information one day).
    2. Page 22 has a photograph called "1950."  It is not 1950.  The helicopter in the scene is a Sikorsky HO4S-2G or HO4S-3G (the difference between the two named helicopters is the engine type, but, in essence, the two names fit the same helicopter), and the helicopter in the photograph was not able to be with The Mackinaw till later, such as by being stationed at Air Station Traverse City in the mid-1950s--the helicopter did not exist in Michigan till about 1952.
    3. On page 23, there is a photograph, and it is called "2003."  The photograph is not from 2003.  From 2002 to 2006, the ship had  on the flying bridge a satellite-antenna unit made by Nera Telecommunications, and it was a white ball-like thing on top of a big black pedestal.  When the ship was decommissioned, the antenna unit, which was for high-speed data communications involving satellite systems, was removed, and, today, only the black pedestal remains.
    4. In the upper left-hand corner of page 27 is a photograph that shows the fantail of The Mackinaw, and, in the photograph, The Mackinaw was being followed by a ship, and the water was icy.  On the fantail is a target, which was for a helicopter pilot to use for sighting.  In 1955, the ship did not have that target, which was a circle and an "X' contained within a square.  The target as shown did not exist till the late 1960s or so.
    5. Page 27 has a photograph of The Mackinaw with The S.T. Crapo (a freighter).  The caption has "mid-1940s," but it cannot be from the mid-1940s, since the ship has the expanded bridge (the current bridge) and a radar antenna on a platform that is about a third of the way up the mast (that radar unit was the second radar unit on the mast), and two radar units on the mast were not what the ship in the mid-1940s.  In 1948, the bridge was expanded to the current version, which means the photograph was taken some after 1948, probably between late 1948 and 1952.
    6. On page 39 is a photograph that uses the date "1950."  It is not "1950."  In the photograph, a radar antenna can be seen on a stand that is on the flying bridge, and that is what the ship had as a rule in the 1960s and very early 1970s.  The photograph is from the 1960s.  The photograph is taken from a distance, but a person who knows car history can understand by looking at the shapes of the many cars parked near the ship that the cars are not from around the late 1940s or early 1950s, even if it is not possible to identify any of the cars by name or model.
    7. Page 47 has a photograph labeled "Mackinaw at the end of World War II."  In the photograph, the ship has a big-verson "W83" on the bow, but the ship did not have that in the 1940s.  The big versions of the "W83" were used in the mid-1960s--from about 1962 to 1967.
    8. On page 47, there is a photograph in the bottom right-hand corner.  The caption is: "The famous Coast Guard 'slash' was added to the ship's insigia in 1967."  First, it should be "insignia" and not "insigia."  Second, the ship was not given the "slash" till mid-1968.  In winter 1967-1968, the ship was white and had "83" (in small form) on both sides of the bow.
    9. Page 68 has a photograph that is dated "1950."  The date is okay.  In the photograph, there is a helicopter sitting on the fantail of the ship.  The caption called the helicopter an "Air Force helicopter."  The helicopter is a "U.S. Coast Guard" helicopter, which was flown up from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to take part in landing tests on the ship at Buffalo, New York.  The helicopter is a Piasecki HRP-1, which is also called "The Flying Banana."
    10. Page 70 has another photograph with a helicopter.  The helicopter is called--in the photograph--an "H-52."  The helicopter is really a Sikorsky HH-52A.
    11. On page 107, there is a photograph dated "1980."  It is not "1980" or anytime after about late 1978.  What is missing--if the photograph is "1980"--is a room that should be where the lifeboat is sitting in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph, which is where, today, the quartermaster station that museum staffers use as a place to greet visitors is.  It was in 1978 that deck-house additions were added to the sides of the main towing winch room, and the photograph should show the deck-house addition on the starboard side, and it does not.
    12. On page 139 is a color photograph.  The photograph is dated "1971."  In the photograph, there is an enclosed "bridge wing" (or "conning station) on the starboard side of the ship on Level 03 (the level where the bridge is).  In "1971," the bridge wings did not have enclosures.  The enclosure in the photograph is the first version, which was on the ship from the mid-1970s to 1983.  The aft cranes were removed in 1982.  The photograph was taken on some day between 1978 and 1982.
    In addition, I am having trouble with the photographs on page 20, both of which show The Mercury.  One photograph has the caption that notes it is from the "1940s," and the other photograph has no date, but the undated photograph looks like a 1960s photograph, given what the helicopter landing target looks like.  The photographs were shot from The Mackinaw, and Mike Fornes got the photographs from the same person.  It is odd that the book would have two photographs of The Mercury, which have the same texture, and are from different dates, separated by about 20 years.  And I know The Mackinaw helped The Mercury get out of ice at Grand Haven, Michigan, on January 21, 1967, and January 16, 1969.
    Note: This section about the book from Mike Fornes was updated on April 11, 2013, and to see information about all the photographs errors in the book, you should see my document entitled A Look at the Book Entitled USCGC MACKINAW: An Illustrated History of a Great Lakes Queen and the Photograph Errors In It, which was first posted on the Internet on April 11, 2013, and which can be reached by using this WAGB-83 link.

    Enjoy your safe traveling in Michigan!

    Stay well!


    P.S. #1: Remember: While you travel in Michigan, remind your children or grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician or sing the praises of Barack Obama, and to help you remember other matters that you should teach children about bad politicians, such as Barack Obama (who can be described as an "enslaver"), see such other documents of mine as Conservatism for Children and What Conservatism Means (which can be reached through this link: Conservatism) and Lessons for Children about Politics and Dangerous People (which can be reached through this link: Children).  (Note: I first passed along the subject of not being a "servant to Obama" and the like in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.)

    Your travel tip in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips is:

    The Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, Mackinaw City, the Straits of Mackinac.

    Your travel tip in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips--though only by websurfing is:

    The National Air Defense Radar Museum, Bellefontaine, Ohio.

    Your who-knows? travel tip related to Michigan in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips is:

    The Detroit Science Center, Detroit, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.

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File date: 10 November 2011 (original posting)
Revised date: 2 May 2012 (changes to the section about Mike Fornes' book)

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