Back in 1953, a civil engineering company named Merritt-Chapman & Scott constructed the “Lakehead Pipeline” – what is now known as Enbridge Line 5 – in the Straits of Mackinac.
Several years later, Dunbar and Sullivan Dredging Company acquired MC&S’s Great Lakes business.
Photos courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society
Now, the company’s photographs, architectural plans and other documents are housed at the Detroit Historical Society and available to researchers.
“We expect to have great interest in this collection given the interest and ongoing news coverage about the pipeline,” said Joel Stone, senior curator at the Detroit Historical Society.
Great Lakes Now has covered Line 5 and its controversies:
Michigan seeks extensive records about Line 5 from Enbridge
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Two separate families donated Dunbar and Sullivan material to the Detroit Historical Society, Stone said, including photos, specifications, blueprints and contracts for the pipeline installation project.
That material has been catalogued and is now available for the public and researchers to review.
Photographs are available online for anyone to see HERE.
Additional material can be reviewed by making an appointment with the DHS’s collections staff. Fees may apply. More information for researchers is HERE.
The Detroit Historical Society operates the Detroit Historical Museum in the Midtown neighborhood and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle. Great Lakes Now is housed in Detroit Public TV’s Detroit Bureau in the Midtown location.
To view the Detroit Historical Society’s more than 44,000 images, films and videos steeped in Detroit history – all searchable – visit THIS database.
Featured Image: Group of visitors and workmen are waving as the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation Lakehead Pipeline has been brought ashore after crossing the Straits of Mackinac, Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society