Dreams, Mail Boats, and Happy Endings

The Mail Boat in the Detroit River with the Ambassador Bridge in the background

I don’t know if any of you have heard of the Dream Foundation, so let me introduce you.  The Dream Foundation is the Make-a-Wish Foundation for adults.  It is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year and in that time has made thousands of final dreams come true for terminally ill adults.  This has been made possible by the compassion and support of individuals and communities across the country.

There is a new dream that needs to be fulfilled and Port Huron should be the community most involved in the realization of this dream.  It concerns one of Port Huron‘s own, William Morton.  Mr. Morton is now 79 years old and living in Springfield, Illinois. He has a terminal illness and only a few months to live.  His wish is for people to know about the Mail boats and how special they have been to the men of the Great Lakes shipping industry.

When Mr. Morton was a child growing up in Port Huron he spent much of his time watching the boats and developing an admiration and respect for the men and the mail boats who helped keep those men connected with their families and loved ones. Mr. Morton has since read the book, Mail by the Pail, by Colin Bergel and it helped him decide what his final wish should be.

Mr. Morton’s final wish is for people young and old alike to learn about the mail boat, the only floating zip code, and the men and women who have served the ships of the Great Lakes shipping fleets.  I am including Mr. Morton’s address in this post in hopes that those of you with knowledge of the Great lakes Mail Boat will write to him and let him know that the knowledge of the floating zip code is alive and well and being passed down from generation to generation.

William Morton would love to hear from you at:

William Morton
c/o Kelly Ziffra
Memorial Home Services
720 N. Bond St.
Springfield, IL 62702
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