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      Community saying goodbye to historic Welcome ship

      A replica of the ship that helped transport items to start city life on Mackinaw Island in the late 1700's is being cast-off for its last time on Tuesday.

      A replica of the ship that helped transport items to start city life on Mackinac Island in the late 1700's is being cast-off for its last time on Tuesday.

      It was used for more than 40 years on the island as a historical piece for thousands of tourists.

      The Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) gained ownership of the ship, Welcome, in 1992. It was as a main attraction off a dock in Leelanau County.

      Repair costs got too high, so a new Emmet County museum bought Welcome with plans to have it be the centerpiece.

      It's a bittersweet day for the Welcome crew.

      "It's gonna be a sad thing for MHA to say goodbye to her," Randy McClure, Welcome committee leader, said, "but I'm glad that she's going to a new home where she'll be appreciated by hopefully many in the near future."

      Volunteers and members from MHA will be undocking the ship and using an Elmer's Concrete crane to pull it out of the water Tuesday afternoon.