Pere Marquette 18 (1902)
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Pere Marquette 18 underway
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Pere Marquette 18 at Ludington Michigan
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Service History


The steel cross-lake carferry Pere Marquette 18 was launched on August 16,1902. She was built for the Pere Marquette Railroad for cross-lake service between Ludington, Michigan and Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Milwaukee. There were four railroad tracks on her main deck and there were 50 staterooms for passengers. Last Document Surrendered Grand Haven 9/15/1910: "Vessel Lost"
Final Voyage


"Enroute from Ludington to Milwaukee with a cargo of railroad cars and passengers, the Pere Marquette 18 began taking water in the compartment housing the main propeller shafts underneath the "flicker" (crew's quarters). With the flicker flooding and new water entering from the flicker deadlights (portholes) the vessel's course was altered for the west shore and the crew and passengers were alerted. Twelve or thirteen railroad cars were jettisoned, and lifeboats were standing by when the Pere Marquette 17 arrived on the scene to rescue the crew. Shortly after, #18 sank stern first, taking 27 lives; 32 people were rescued by the Pere marquette 17. The flooding and loss of the 18 is still unexplained."
 
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