Sainte Marie (wooden)

1893                                 Sainte Marie                                 1927

Wooden Great Lakes carferry

Built at Detroit MI by Detroit Dry Dock Co., Hull 112
Launched July 16, 1892
Built for service across the Straits of Mackinac between Mackinaw City MI and St. Ignace MI

302’ LOA, 288’ LBP, 53’ beam, 20’ depth
2 decks, coal-fired boilers, fore and aft compound engines, 2500 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI June 10, 1893 (#114)
288.0 x 53.0 x 19.6, 1357.04 GT, 678.52 NT     US 116574     to:
Detroit Dry Dock Co., Detroit MI (home port Detroit MI)

Reenrolled June 10, 1893 (#115) to Mackinac Transportation Co.

Removed from service and documentation 1912.  Enrollment surrendered Sept 7, 1912, marked abandoned.  Engines removed and installed in new str. Sainte Marie under construction for the fleet.

Sold 1918 to T. L. Durocher Co., Detour MI.  Converted to barge.
Redocumented at 748 GT, 748 NT

Abandoned for age 1927 at Detour.



2 thoughts on “Sainte Marie (wooden)

  1. I am a decendant of T L Durocher and am looking for information on any involment in sault locks and family history, thank you,

    Mary Kosorski

    • I know very little about T L Durocher and his firm. My field is the larger (1000+ GT) vessels in commercial transportation service on the Lakes. My impression was that Durocher wasn’t really in that kind of business. I see that you got to me through the first Sainte Marie but when she stopped running in ferry service, I expect Durocher bought her for support service for the stuff he did. I think Durocher might have first been located in the Soo but moved later to DeTour (and my order may even be wrong!) and it looks like the operation was sold or merged into a company now headquartered in Cheboygan MI.

      There is a website called which has a very large membership involved in all kinds of Lakes interests and which has a column for searching out information. You might check with them to see if you can get your questions to a pretty large audience.

      Request from me: I have been having serious computer problems, particularly sending and receiving email. If this answer does get to you, I would most appreciate your letting me know.

      Sterling Berry

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