Pere Marquette

1897                                  Pere Marquette                                  1935

Steel twin-screw cross-lake railroad carferry

Built at West Bay City MI by F. W. Wheeler & Co., Hull 119
Launched Dec 30, 1896

350’ LOA, 338’ LBP, 56’ beam, 19’6” depth
2 decks, hold beams, coal-fired boilers, 2 fore and aft compound engines, 2500 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI Jan 8, 1897 (#45)
338.0 x 57.7 x 34.9, 5580.28 GT, 4133.83 NT     US 150740     to:
Pere Marquette Transportation Co. Ludington MI (home port Saginaw MI)

Entered service Feb 17, 1897 sailing from Ludington MI to Manitowoc WI

Remeasured Dec 18, 1897 to 337.1 x 56.0 x 17.0, 2443.93, 1634.68 NT

Home port to Manitowoc WI late 1903

Transferred 1906 to Pere Marquette Railroad Co., Ludington MI (home port to Ludington MI)

Chartered during 1910 season to Marquette & Bessemer Dock & Navigation Co. for service across Lake Erie between Conneaut OH and Port Dover ON replacing the lost Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 (replacement vessel of same name entered service later that season)

Renamed Pere Marquette 15 1924

Laid up at Ludington MI at end of 1930 season

Scrapped winter 1935-1936 at Manitowoc WI

See history in Detroit Marine Historian Dec 1950 (#20)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 323

 

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