Lifetime Nautical Estate Collection of Captain Steve Welch
Listing ID#: 1447231

Auction Location
5121 Michigan Ave.
Tipton, MI 49287
Auction Dates and Times
Saturday Oct 8, 10:00 am
Auction Type
 Live Auction with Online Bidding  VIEW ONLINE CATALOG
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Doug Dalton Auctioneer


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Auction Terms & Conditions 15% Internet/Online Buyers Premium - Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: If buying online but picking up in person at hall, 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. 10% On site (live) Buyers Premium Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. CRITICALLY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ We know you are anxious to begin bidding, however it is critical that you fully understand and agree to the following terms and conditions of this online only auction. By participating in this auction, you agree to the following terms and conditions. If you need to Contact us at any time, please call: David Helmer (734) 368 - 1733 or email us directly at: mdonat94@gmail.com Disclaimer: All lots sell as is, where is, with all faults. Braun and Helmer Auction Service and the seller does not give or make any type of guarantee or warranty regarding the lots to be sold, implied or otherwise. Doug Dalton Auctioneer has attempted to provide accurate descriptions of all items, however, it is your exclusive responsibility as a bidder to determine the condition and suitability of each lot. Printed statements, descriptions and counts by Doug Dalton or Braun and Helmer Auction Service staff are provided in good faith and are matters of opinion. Buyer's Premium: A Buyers' Premium will be Added to all Lots Sold under the following: 15% Internet/Online Buyers Premium - Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: If buying online but picking up in person at hall, 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. 10% On site (live) Buyers Premium Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. Payment: We accept Cash or Checks at Pickup. The Credit Card you used to register for the auction will NOT be charged. Cashiers, Personal or Company Checks made out to "Braun and Helmer Auction Service" or "Cash". No checks outside of the state of Michigan are accepted (unless prior approved). VISA - MASTERCARD - DISCOVER ACCEPTED W/3% Added Fee NO AMERICAN EXPRESS Merchandise becomes the full responsibility of the buyer at time of payment and the buyer assumes all risk of loss and damage to property at that time. Braun and Helmer Auction Service reserves the right to resell any property not paid for in full by the conclusion of the stated pickup period. In any such event, the Buyer will still be responsible for payment for the original purchase and the costs of collection of this payment and/or damages resulting from the resale of the property. Auction Preview: Friday Oct. 7, 12 Noon to 7pm Auction Pickup & Payment: Saturday Oct. 8, during & after the live Auction unlit 6pm. Sunday Oct. 9, 12 noon till 5pm. Any day after: by Appointment! Pickup Location: Braun & Helmer Auction Gallery, 5121 Michigan Ave, Tipton, MI 49287 (Home of the SUPER AUCTION) Pickup for Shipping to be arranged by "Your" Shipper, Braun and Helmer Auction Service can arrange shipping for you and can arrange for a Shipper to contact you. All Shipping must be paid directly to the Shipper you choose. All Auction Items must be paid for separately from the Shipping Cost. These cannot be combined. NOTE: Many of the large items in this Auction have custom crates that can be reused. We will make note in the lot description if a crate is available closer to the Auction Live Event. Note: To satisfy the Estate Executor, a some items have a reasonable reserve on them. **Very important: With exception of previous arrangements with Braun and Helmer Auction Service, you MUST pick up your items on the specified date(s). If your items are not picked up within 10 days Braun and Helmer Auction Service reserves the right to forfeit your items. Auction Ending: Beginning at the stated closing time, the auction software will conclude competitive bidding in catalog order. The Online Auction will start & run at the same time as the "Live" Auction. The top bidder will be announced live & indicated on the HiBid Platform with indications of whether a Floor bidder or Online Bidder is Successful. There is No extended online bidding at the event. Debt Collection and Interest Charges: The buyer agrees to pay all reasonable attorney fees and other costs incurred by Braun and Helmer Auction Service in its efforts to collect unpaid funds from the buyer. The buyer agrees that a fee of 10% of the outstanding balance per month be added to any unpaid balance due Braun and Helmer Auction Service. Limitation of Liability If, for any reason, Braun and Helmer Auction Service is unable to make available or deliver any Purchase, or portion thereof, or documentation required in respect of any Purchase, the sole liability of Braun and Helmer Auction Service, if any, shall be the return of monies paid in respect of such Purchase upon its return by Purchaser. Non Paying: In addition to the above, Understand that we are working for our seller. We have zero tolerance for non-paying bidders and we will proceed aggressively to rectify such situations. In addition, non-paying bidders information will become public information and distributed through multiple venues. Age Requirement All bidders must be 18 years of age or older. Bidder Information and Security: All registration information the bidder provides to Braun and Helmer Auction Service shall be current, complete, and accurate. All bidders are responsible for any bids placed under their bidding numbers and passwords. The security of bidder information is the responsibility of the bidder. Bidders must notify Braun and Helmer Auction Service if they believe that their bidder number and password have been compromised. Thank you for your interest and participation. We are easy to work with and reasonable. Do not hesitate to communicate with us as we want you to have a seamless auction experience with our long established professional auction firm. If you need to contact us at any time, please call: David Helmer (734) 368 - 1733 or email us directly at: mdonat94@gmail.com Thank you and happy bidding!
Listing Information

Great Lakes Maritime Nautical Auction

AT THE SUPER AUCTION IN TIPTON MI

Saturday, Oct. 8, 10am - Session 1

5121 Michigan Ave, Tipton, MI 49287

LIVE AND ONLINE SIMULCAST ON HIBID.COM

Directions: Take Michigan Ave (US-12) to Auction. The Auction is West of Clinton, MI and East of Brooklyn and Onsted, MI.  Auction is on the South side of US 12 - look for signs. Tipton is located in the Irish Hills area.

 

Lifetime Nautical Collection from the Estate of Captain Steven Welch of Sault Ste. Marie MI, Former owner of the Original Soo Locks Boat Tours Company. Captain Welch passed in Jan. 2022 before retiring and completing his dream of opening a non-profit, educational maritime museum. Hundreds of items were kept in custom crates and are now being offered to the highest bidder to settle his estate. Captain Welch was very particular about his collection with a heavy emphasis on recovered artifacts from known Great Lakes shipwrecks. Captain Welch purchased many artifacts from a pioneering wreck diver James P. Mularkey (1931-2017), who was very active on the Great Lakes in the 1960s & 70s. Besides a great selection of Ship Bells, Lanterns, China, Lg. Ship Models & Life Rings, there is an extensive Ephemera collection that includes over 1500 Nautical Postcards sold in groups & many Timetables from every major Passenger Steamship line going back into the 19th century. Since Captain Welch was owner and captain of the Original Soo Locks Boat Tour Company, there is the largest collection of Soo Locks Ephemera ever to come to auction. This includes rare 19th century Documents, Photos, Promotional Brochures & more to be sold in groups. Unique to this collection, there is a group of the English Royal Yacht “Britannia” items including an Officer’s Uniform & hat. Also, there are documents & china surrounding the Queen’s Royal Visit to Canada commemorating the official opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959. This Nautical Collection is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add rare & hard to find items to your own collection.

 

ALL PHOTOS & LOT DESCRIPTIONS PROVIDED BY DOUG DALTON AUCTIONEER

 

NOTE: Captain Welch was very aware of the importance of having items that do not violate the 1988, “National Abandoned Shipwreck Act” or the Michigan statutes that created sanctuaries that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) govern. Because of his desire to create a “Public” Museum, He saved every document that covered his purchases of salvaged ship items and any further correspondence about the items history. We do not have written permission to publish these document. We will however be placing these documents with the items they describe and will be available for visual inspection at the preview time advertised. With these documents, Captain Welch proves that he did not remove any items from protected great lakes marine sanctuary zones and he bought most of his salvaged items from the famous Diver James Mularkey (Died 2017) purchasing almost 20 years ago, way past any statute of limitation stated in the State of Michigan laws.

Auctioneers Note: After 45 years of Auctioning 100s of Antique filled estates, I (Doug Dalton Auctioneer) have never had the opportunity to sell a major nautical collection of this caliber & Provenance. We have taken over 1400 photos & have made detailed listings of the lots including sizes plus we have provided condition reports and the provenance on salvaged objects. When we found duplicate items in the Ephemera material, we only took photos of 1 piece. Keep that in mind when reviewing the Auction pictures and reading the text listings. We also found many of the large metal objects had custom wood shipping crates. While most of those can be reused for future shipping, some will need repairs from their original shipping use. This Auction is being hosted by Braun & Helmer Auction service at their Auction Gallery in Tipton Michigan (Irish Hills Area). All financial transactions including any Online billing & shipping will be handled by them. . Bidding will be both Live and Online, so make your plans & mark your calendar!

10 % Buyers Premium - Cash, Check, or CC (add 3%) for Live Auction Attendees

15 % Buyers Premium - Cash, Check, or CC (add 3%) for Online Only Auction Participants

Shipping Available through Braun and Helmer Auction Service

Sorry: No American Express credit cards accepted.

 

THE "LIVE" AUCTION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY DOUG DALTON AUCTIONEER

 TO BID & SEE All OF 1400+ PHOTOS & THE DETAILED CATALOG LISTING ON HIBID.COM, GO TO: https://braunandhelmer.hibid.com/catalog/399869

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Lifetime Nautical Estate Collection of Captain Steve Welch

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Sale Location
5121 Michigan Ave.
Tipton, MI 49287
Sale Dates and Times
Saturday Oct 8, 10:00 am
Sale Terms and Conditions
Auction Terms & Conditions 15% Internet/Online Buyers Premium - Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: If buying online but picking up in person at hall, 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. 10% On site (live) Buyers Premium Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. CRITICALLY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ We know you are anxious to begin bidding, however it is critical that you fully understand and agree to the following terms and conditions of this online only auction. By participating in this auction, you agree to the following terms and conditions. If you need to Contact us at any time, please call: David Helmer (734) 368 - 1733 or email us directly at: mdonat94@gmail.com Disclaimer: All lots sell as is, where is, with all faults. Braun and Helmer Auction Service and the seller does not give or make any type of guarantee or warranty regarding the lots to be sold, implied or otherwise. Doug Dalton Auctioneer has attempted to provide accurate descriptions of all items, however, it is your exclusive responsibility as a bidder to determine the condition and suitability of each lot. Printed statements, descriptions and counts by Doug Dalton or Braun and Helmer Auction Service staff are provided in good faith and are matters of opinion. Buyer's Premium: A Buyers' Premium will be Added to all Lots Sold under the following: 15% Internet/Online Buyers Premium - Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: If buying online but picking up in person at hall, 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. 10% On site (live) Buyers Premium Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. Payment: We accept Cash or Checks at Pickup. The Credit Card you used to register for the auction will NOT be charged. Cashiers, Personal or Company Checks made out to "Braun and Helmer Auction Service" or "Cash". No checks outside of the state of Michigan are accepted (unless prior approved). VISA - MASTERCARD - DISCOVER ACCEPTED W/3% Added Fee NO AMERICAN EXPRESS Merchandise becomes the full responsibility of the buyer at time of payment and the buyer assumes all risk of loss and damage to property at that time. Braun and Helmer Auction Service reserves the right to resell any property not paid for in full by the conclusion of the stated pickup period. In any such event, the Buyer will still be responsible for payment for the original purchase and the costs of collection of this payment and/or damages resulting from the resale of the property. Auction Preview: Friday Oct. 7, 12 Noon to 7pm Auction Pickup & Payment: Saturday Oct. 8, during & after the live Auction unlit 6pm. Sunday Oct. 9, 12 noon till 5pm. Any day after: by Appointment! Pickup Location: Braun & Helmer Auction Gallery, 5121 Michigan Ave, Tipton, MI 49287 (Home of the SUPER AUCTION) Pickup for Shipping to be arranged by "Your" Shipper, Braun and Helmer Auction Service can arrange shipping for you and can arrange for a Shipper to contact you. All Shipping must be paid directly to the Shipper you choose. All Auction Items must be paid for separately from the Shipping Cost. These cannot be combined. NOTE: Many of the large items in this Auction have custom crates that can be reused. We will make note in the lot description if a crate is available closer to the Auction Live Event. Note: To satisfy the Estate Executor, a some items have a reasonable reserve on them. **Very important: With exception of previous arrangements with Braun and Helmer Auction Service, you MUST pick up your items on the specified date(s). If your items are not picked up within 10 days Braun and Helmer Auction Service reserves the right to forfeit your items. Auction Ending: Beginning at the stated closing time, the auction software will conclude competitive bidding in catalog order. The Online Auction will start & run at the same time as the "Live" Auction. The top bidder will be announced live & indicated on the HiBid Platform with indications of whether a Floor bidder or Online Bidder is Successful. There is No extended online bidding at the event. Debt Collection and Interest Charges: The buyer agrees to pay all reasonable attorney fees and other costs incurred by Braun and Helmer Auction Service in its efforts to collect unpaid funds from the buyer. The buyer agrees that a fee of 10% of the outstanding balance per month be added to any unpaid balance due Braun and Helmer Auction Service. Limitation of Liability If, for any reason, Braun and Helmer Auction Service is unable to make available or deliver any Purchase, or portion thereof, or documentation required in respect of any Purchase, the sole liability of Braun and Helmer Auction Service, if any, shall be the return of monies paid in respect of such Purchase upon its return by Purchaser. Non Paying: In addition to the above, Understand that we are working for our seller. We have zero tolerance for non-paying bidders and we will proceed aggressively to rectify such situations. In addition, non-paying bidders information will become public information and distributed through multiple venues. Age Requirement All bidders must be 18 years of age or older. Bidder Information and Security: All registration information the bidder provides to Braun and Helmer Auction Service shall be current, complete, and accurate. All bidders are responsible for any bids placed under their bidding numbers and passwords. The security of bidder information is the responsibility of the bidder. Bidders must notify Braun and Helmer Auction Service if they believe that their bidder number and password have been compromised. Thank you for your interest and participation. We are easy to work with and reasonable. Do not hesitate to communicate with us as we want you to have a seamless auction experience with our long established professional auction firm. If you need to contact us at any time, please call: David Helmer (734) 368 - 1733 or email us directly at: mdonat94@gmail.com Thank you and happy bidding!
Listing Details

Great Lakes Maritime Nautical Auction

AT THE SUPER AUCTION IN TIPTON MI

Saturday, Oct. 8, 10am - Session 1

5121 Michigan Ave, Tipton, MI 49287

LIVE AND ONLINE SIMULCAST ON HIBID.COM

Directions: Take Michigan Ave (US-12) to Auction. The Auction is West of Clinton, MI and East of Brooklyn and Onsted, MI.  Auction is on the South side of US 12 - look for signs. Tipton is located in the Irish Hills area.

 

Lifetime Nautical Collection from the Estate of Captain Steven Welch of Sault Ste. Marie MI, Former owner of the Original Soo Locks Boat Tours Company. Captain Welch passed in Jan. 2022 before retiring and completing his dream of opening a non-profit, educational maritime museum. Hundreds of items were kept in custom crates and are now being offered to the highest bidder to settle his estate. Captain Welch was very particular about his collection with a heavy emphasis on recovered artifacts from known Great Lakes shipwrecks. Captain Welch purchased many artifacts from a pioneering wreck diver James P. Mularkey (1931-2017), who was very active on the Great Lakes in the 1960s & 70s. Besides a great selection of Ship Bells, Lanterns, China, Lg. Ship Models & Life Rings, there is an extensive Ephemera collection that includes over 1500 Nautical Postcards sold in groups & many Timetables from every major Passenger Steamship line going back into the 19th century. Since Captain Welch was owner and captain of the Original Soo Locks Boat Tour Company, there is the largest collection of Soo Locks Ephemera ever to come to auction. This includes rare 19th century Documents, Photos, Promotional Brochures & more to be sold in groups. Unique to this collection, there is a group of the English Royal Yacht “Britannia” items including an Officer’s Uniform & hat. Also, there are documents & china surrounding the Queen’s Royal Visit to Canada commemorating the official opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959. This Nautical Collection is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add rare & hard to find items to your own collection.

 

ALL PHOTOS & LOT DESCRIPTIONS PROVIDED BY DOUG DALTON AUCTIONEER

 

NOTE: Captain Welch was very aware of the importance of having items that do not violate the 1988, “National Abandoned Shipwreck Act” or the Michigan statutes that created sanctuaries that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) govern. Because of his desire to create a “Public” Museum, He saved every document that covered his purchases of salvaged ship items and any further correspondence about the items history. We do not have written permission to publish these document. We will however be placing these documents with the items they describe and will be available for visual inspection at the preview time advertised. With these documents, Captain Welch proves that he did not remove any items from protected great lakes marine sanctuary zones and he bought most of his salvaged items from the famous Diver James Mularkey (Died 2017) purchasing almost 20 years ago, way past any statute of limitation stated in the State of Michigan laws.

Auctioneers Note: After 45 years of Auctioning 100s of Antique filled estates, I (Doug Dalton Auctioneer) have never had the opportunity to sell a major nautical collection of this caliber & Provenance. We have taken over 1400 photos & have made detailed listings of the lots including sizes plus we have provided condition reports and the provenance on salvaged objects. When we found duplicate items in the Ephemera material, we only took photos of 1 piece. Keep that in mind when reviewing the Auction pictures and reading the text listings. We also found many of the large metal objects had custom wood shipping crates. While most of those can be reused for future shipping, some will need repairs from their original shipping use. This Auction is being hosted by Braun & Helmer Auction service at their Auction Gallery in Tipton Michigan (Irish Hills Area). All financial transactions including any Online billing & shipping will be handled by them. . Bidding will be both Live and Online, so make your plans & mark your calendar!

10 % Buyers Premium - Cash, Check, or CC (add 3%) for Live Auction Attendees

15 % Buyers Premium - Cash, Check, or CC (add 3%) for Online Only Auction Participants

Shipping Available through Braun and Helmer Auction Service

Sorry: No American Express credit cards accepted.

 

THE "LIVE" AUCTION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY DOUG DALTON AUCTIONEER

 TO BID & SEE All OF 1400+ PHOTOS & THE DETAILED CATALOG LISTING ON HIBID.COM, GO TO: https://braunandhelmer.hibid.com/catalog/399869

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Lifetime Nautical Estate Collection of Captain Steve Welch
 Live Auction w/Online Bidding
Auction Date(s)
Saturday Oct 8, 10:00 am
Auction Location
5121 Michigan Ave.
Tipton, MI 49287
Company
Doug Dalton Auctioneer


Listing Terms and Conditions
Auction Terms & Conditions 15% Internet/Online Buyers Premium - Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: If buying online but picking up in person at hall, 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. 10% On site (live) Buyers Premium Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. CRITICALLY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ We know you are anxious to begin bidding, however it is critical that you fully understand and agree to the following terms and conditions of this online only auction. By participating in this auction, you agree to the following terms and conditions. If you need to Contact us at any time, please call: David Helmer (734) 368 - 1733 or email us directly at: mdonat94@gmail.com Disclaimer: All lots sell as is, where is, with all faults. Braun and Helmer Auction Service and the seller does not give or make any type of guarantee or warranty regarding the lots to be sold, implied or otherwise. Doug Dalton Auctioneer has attempted to provide accurate descriptions of all items, however, it is your exclusive responsibility as a bidder to determine the condition and suitability of each lot. Printed statements, descriptions and counts by Doug Dalton or Braun and Helmer Auction Service staff are provided in good faith and are matters of opinion. Buyer's Premium: A Buyers' Premium will be Added to all Lots Sold under the following: 15% Internet/Online Buyers Premium - Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: If buying online but picking up in person at hall, 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. 10% On site (live) Buyers Premium Plus 3% for all credit cards Note: 3% discount for Cash or Michigan Check with I.D. Payment: We accept Cash or Checks at Pickup. The Credit Card you used to register for the auction will NOT be charged. Cashiers, Personal or Company Checks made out to "Braun and Helmer Auction Service" or "Cash". No checks outside of the state of Michigan are accepted (unless prior approved). VISA - MASTERCARD - DISCOVER ACCEPTED W/3% Added Fee NO AMERICAN EXPRESS Merchandise becomes the full responsibility of the buyer at time of payment and the buyer assumes all risk of loss and damage to property at that time. Braun and Helmer Auction Service reserves the right to resell any property not paid for in full by the conclusion of the stated pickup period. In any such event, the Buyer will still be responsible for payment for the original purchase and the costs of collection of this payment and/or damages resulting from the resale of the property. Auction Preview: Friday Oct. 7, 12 Noon to 7pm Auction Pickup & Payment: Saturday Oct. 8, during & after the live Auction unlit 6pm. Sunday Oct. 9, 12 noon till 5pm. Any day after: by Appointment! Pickup Location: Braun & Helmer Auction Gallery, 5121 Michigan Ave, Tipton, MI 49287 (Home of the SUPER AUCTION) Pickup for Shipping to be arranged by "Your" Shipper, Braun and Helmer Auction Service can arrange shipping for you and can arrange for a Shipper to contact you. All Shipping must be paid directly to the Shipper you choose. All Auction Items must be paid for separately from the Shipping Cost. These cannot be combined. NOTE: Many of the large items in this Auction have custom crates that can be reused. We will make note in the lot description if a crate is available closer to the Auction Live Event. Note: To satisfy the Estate Executor, a some items have a reasonable reserve on them. **Very important: With exception of previous arrangements with Braun and Helmer Auction Service, you MUST pick up your items on the specified date(s). If your items are not picked up within 10 days Braun and Helmer Auction Service reserves the right to forfeit your items. Auction Ending: Beginning at the stated closing time, the auction software will conclude competitive bidding in catalog order. The Online Auction will start & run at the same time as the "Live" Auction. The top bidder will be announced live & indicated on the HiBid Platform with indications of whether a Floor bidder or Online Bidder is Successful. There is No extended online bidding at the event. Debt Collection and Interest Charges: The buyer agrees to pay all reasonable attorney fees and other costs incurred by Braun and Helmer Auction Service in its efforts to collect unpaid funds from the buyer. The buyer agrees that a fee of 10% of the outstanding balance per month be added to any unpaid balance due Braun and Helmer Auction Service. Limitation of Liability If, for any reason, Braun and Helmer Auction Service is unable to make available or deliver any Purchase, or portion thereof, or documentation required in respect of any Purchase, the sole liability of Braun and Helmer Auction Service, if any, shall be the return of monies paid in respect of such Purchase upon its return by Purchaser. Non Paying: In addition to the above, Understand that we are working for our seller. We have zero tolerance for non-paying bidders and we will proceed aggressively to rectify such situations. In addition, non-paying bidders information will become public information and distributed through multiple venues. Age Requirement All bidders must be 18 years of age or older. Bidder Information and Security: All registration information the bidder provides to Braun and Helmer Auction Service shall be current, complete, and accurate. All bidders are responsible for any bids placed under their bidding numbers and passwords. The security of bidder information is the responsibility of the bidder. Bidders must notify Braun and Helmer Auction Service if they believe that their bidder number and password have been compromised. Thank you for your interest and participation. We are easy to work with and reasonable. Do not hesitate to communicate with us as we want you to have a seamless auction experience with our long established professional auction firm. If you need to contact us at any time, please call: David Helmer (734) 368 - 1733 or email us directly at: mdonat94@gmail.com Thank you and happy bidding!

Great Lakes Maritime Nautical Auction

AT THE SUPER AUCTION IN TIPTON MI

Saturday, Oct. 8, 10am - Session 1

5121 Michigan Ave, Tipton, MI 49287

LIVE AND ONLINE SIMULCAST ON HIBID.COM

Directions: Take Michigan Ave (US-12) to Auction. The Auction is West of Clinton, MI and East of Brooklyn and Onsted, MI.  Auction is on the South side of US 12 - look for signs. Tipton is located in the Irish Hills area.

 

Lifetime Nautical Collection from the Estate of Captain Steven Welch of Sault Ste. Marie MI, Former owner of the Original Soo Locks Boat Tours Company. Captain Welch passed in Jan. 2022 before retiring and completing his dream of opening a non-profit, educational maritime museum. Hundreds of items were kept in custom crates and are now being offered to the highest bidder to settle his estate. Captain Welch was very particular about his collection with a heavy emphasis on recovered artifacts from known Great Lakes shipwrecks. Captain Welch purchased many artifacts from a pioneering wreck diver James P. Mularkey (1931-2017), who was very active on the Great Lakes in the 1960s & 70s. Besides a great selection of Ship Bells, Lanterns, China, Lg. Ship Models & Life Rings, there is an extensive Ephemera collection that includes over 1500 Nautical Postcards sold in groups & many Timetables from every major Passenger Steamship line going back into the 19th century. Since Captain Welch was owner and captain of the Original Soo Locks Boat Tour Company, there is the largest collection of Soo Locks Ephemera ever to come to auction. This includes rare 19th century Documents, Photos, Promotional Brochures & more to be sold in groups. Unique to this collection, there is a group of the English Royal Yacht “Britannia” items including an Officer’s Uniform & hat. Also, there are documents & china surrounding the Queen’s Royal Visit to Canada commemorating the official opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959. This Nautical Collection is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add rare & hard to find items to your own collection.

 

ALL PHOTOS & LOT DESCRIPTIONS PROVIDED BY DOUG DALTON AUCTIONEER

 

NOTE: Captain Welch was very aware of the importance of having items that do not violate the 1988, “National Abandoned Shipwreck Act” or the Michigan statutes that created sanctuaries that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) govern. Because of his desire to create a “Public” Museum, He saved every document that covered his purchases of salvaged ship items and any further correspondence about the items history. We do not have written permission to publish these document. We will however be placing these documents with the items they describe and will be available for visual inspection at the preview time advertised. With these documents, Captain Welch proves that he did not remove any items from protected great lakes marine sanctuary zones and he bought most of his salvaged items from the famous Diver James Mularkey (Died 2017) purchasing almost 20 years ago, way past any statute of limitation stated in the State of Michigan laws.

Auctioneers Note: After 45 years of Auctioning 100s of Antique filled estates, I (Doug Dalton Auctioneer) have never had the opportunity to sell a major nautical collection of this caliber & Provenance. We have taken over 1400 photos & have made detailed listings of the lots including sizes plus we have provided condition reports and the provenance on salvaged objects. When we found duplicate items in the Ephemera material, we only took photos of 1 piece. Keep that in mind when reviewing the Auction pictures and reading the text listings. We also found many of the large metal objects had custom wood shipping crates. While most of those can be reused for future shipping, some will need repairs from their original shipping use. This Auction is being hosted by Braun & Helmer Auction service at their Auction Gallery in Tipton Michigan (Irish Hills Area). All financial transactions including any Online billing & shipping will be handled by them. . Bidding will be both Live and Online, so make your plans & mark your calendar!

10 % Buyers Premium - Cash, Check, or CC (add 3%) for Live Auction Attendees

15 % Buyers Premium - Cash, Check, or CC (add 3%) for Online Only Auction Participants

Shipping Available through Braun and Helmer Auction Service

Sorry: No American Express credit cards accepted.

 

THE "LIVE" AUCTION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY DOUG DALTON AUCTIONEER

 TO BID & SEE All OF 1400+ PHOTOS & THE DETAILED CATALOG LISTING ON HIBID.COM, GO TO: https://braunandhelmer.hibid.com/catalog/399869