Waterford Woman Sells Lamps from Historic Boat

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A Waterford Township woman is parting with two lanterns she says came from a yacht owned by auto baron Horace Dodge.

The Oakland Press reports that the lanterns from the S.S. Delphine are among thousands of items to be sold by Ellen Kelley at an auction Sept. 7 in Otter Lake. The 68-year-old Kelley says her family acquired the lanterns through friends of the Dodge family.

She says the Delphine was built for Dodge in 1920 and launched after his death in 1921. It sank in 1926 near New York, but acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1942, restored and converted into the flagship U.S.S. Dauntless, serving in the Pacific Fleet during World War II.

Auctioneer Tim Freese says he plans to ask $250 for each lantern.

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