National Geographic : 1952 Mar
320 National Geographic Photographer B. Anthony Stewart Guns or Butter? Pleasure Cars or Tanks? Michigan Makes Them All Rearming, the free world turns to the motor State, as in World War II. Continental Motors assembles these air-cooled engines in Muskegon (page 302). They go into 47-ton Patton medium tanks, one answer to Russia's 57-ton Stalin III. Their 810 "horses" exceed earlier models by 300. One lever controls both steering and automatic transmission. So simple is the Patton that two minutes' briefing enabled an Army stenographer to drive one. The U. S. Army last December announced the T-43, a new heavy tank with a 120-mm . gun. Creek. When a bass smashed at it, Jim rubbed his head in thought. Result was a popular surface lure, "Old 210," and the rapid growth of James Heddon's Sons. Heddon's "Dowa giac Minnow" made the town's name familiar to fishermen. Across the State from Dowagiac I visited the old schooner, J. T. Wing, berthed in a filled channel on Belle Isle in the Detroit River. Built in Nova Scotia for the coastal trade, the Wing later hauled lumber on the Great Lakes. Today, its sailing days past, the earth bound vessel is still at work as a Museum of Great Lakes History. Capt. Joseph E. John ston, in charge of the ship, showed me its dis plays of photographs, ship models, and silhou ettes that tell the story of Great Lakes shipping from Indian canoe to steel-plated cargo carrier. Later, through the standing rigging of the Wing's tall masts, we watched the endless pro cession of ships on the Detroit River. "One of them goes by every 17 minutes, on the average," said Captain Johnston. He nodded toward a passing ore boat. "They'll never match sail for looks or thrills, but for the heavy hauling that builds our world-well, what would we do without 'em?" My travels only sketched in the varied resources of this great State. Inescapable, however, were its generous gifts to the Nation: industries of amazing diversity and yield, climate healthful and invigorating, scenic areas unexcelled for rest and recreation. Mighty and enticing is Michigan.