morazon anchor salvage
of in in month- under- by or go in a 1 'WAVSL I !..MI;. ""J LAKE SOUVENIR Mrs. Nancy Sawtelle .stands by anchor salvaged from wreck of freighter Morazon which ran aground off South Manitou Island in 1960. RELIC LAMP James Sawtelle shows lamp made from pulley block salvaged from wreck of W. H. Barnum which sank in 76 feet of water near Straits of Mackinac. Couple Runs Salvage Operation From Leland a 16 it of art nve- By VERN M. BULLEN Journal Special Writer LELAND "Fishtown" at Le land on the Leelanau Peninsula has long been a scenic paradise for artists and tourists. Three years ago another point of interest was added when Nan and Jim Sawtelle opened their Treasure Cove" shop on t h e wharfs. Keeping an abandoned fish shed in its natural condition was of prime importance to the Saw- telles, for they felt that the work and treasures they were to exhibit should be shown to the public in as near a natural sur rounding as possible. The floor is covered with sand, fish nets hang from the ceiling, highlighted by a variety of nautical equipment retrieved from the lakes. Jim, a native of Detroit, and Nan, from Flint, feel that the operation of salvaging ships sunk in Lake Michigan is filling the gaps in Great Lakes his tory of how and why a ship went down in a certain spot. (In this respect, Arthur C. and Lucy F Frederickson of Frankfort have compiled maps showing the locations of over 200 ships that have sunk along 200 miles of shoreline with a total value of over 2 billion dollars.) As Jim says, "We feel that we offer the most sophisticated search operation available today the fact that we have been more successful in more searches than any other salvage force proves that." Jim and his electronics engi neer, Jerry Kemler, man the new 35-foot cruiser "Penmanta, which is complete with radar, sonar and sealed TV cameras. The cruiser is kept in top condi tion for the navigating that goes on each day, weather and me chanics permitting. There is also a very neces sary silent partner, Norman Mc Cready of Indianapolis, Ind. who is just as proud of the accomplishments of the two as they are. At the present time Jim and Jerry are carrying on a fifteen- year search, divine for the sunk en whiskey ship, Westmoreland, which sank in the Great Lakes north of Frankfort in 1854. Stories have it that along with the countless casks of whiskey aboard, about $100,000 in old gold coins went down with ship. j Much of the salvaging work is done with dynamite, necessary to get some of the larger pieces of timber and other objects to the surface. Whenever the men are diving, red or blue flags mark the spot, and especially so, when dynamite is used. Permits are also necessary at this time, and boats in the locality are warned of the operations. Salvage rights vary with the wishes of the owners of the sunken vessel. While Jim and Jerry are lo cating and returning to shore with the salvage, Nan, and Jer ry s wife, Lois, keep shop. They do the finer work of making jewelry and other souvenirs from the pieces of wood brought to shore. The larger pieces are used to make coffee tables. chests, bars, loveseats and many other pieces of furniture sought after for homes along the coasts and lake fronts. All the original color and texture of the wood is retained. Miniature fishing villages are also put together Holland's Gas Field at Least Third Largest AMSTERDAM In 1959 Eu rope's largest natural-gas field was found in Holland's Gron- ingen Province. Since then esti mates of the field's size have increased, and recently new wells further delineated the field. Its recoverable reserves are now said to be 39 trillion cubic feet against an earlier guess of 17 trillion. These reserves are at least the world's third largest after those in the Texas Panhandle and in Algeria. There is enough natural gas in this field to supply all of Holland's potential needs for gas energy for the next 30 or 40 years with a surplus to export. Park Load Up WASHINGTON Travelers to the national parks last year totaled 94 million compared with 88 million in 1962. National-capital parks had eight million visitors. the,by the women, using nieces of driftwood from the shore for a base, and fashioning a minia ture fish house and doing frames for nets. Nan is also a diver, but she has given this up other than just for fun. The Sawtelles have four children, Ricky, Vicki, Patti and Mike. They all help whenever possible. (Lois and Jerry have six children who also contribute their part to this interesting ven ture. Jim Sawtelle was the first to use a submarine magnetometer to locate sunken wrecks. Eleven years of exploring the Great Lakes bottoms have discovered more than 60 wrecks, including the Carl D. Bradley which sank in over 360 feet of water in 1958. Nothing could be salvaged from the Bradley because of the depth of the wreck, but by lowering the sealed TV cameras identification was possible. Jim and two helpers were also called in on a chlorine barge which sank in the Mississippi River not too long ago. They were successful in this operation where numerous other crews were not. In the winter months, the divers of "Treasure Cove" use the ice as a working platform to lift the heavy objects. Nancy compiles and files all the information. A photo of the salvaged ship and all other pertinent information is recorded. AIRLINES NEED YOU!