Pere Marquette Shipping’s articulated tug/barge Undaunted/Pere Marquette 41 arrived early last Wednesday morning with a load of aggregate lime for the Verplank dock in Ferrysburg.
The pair was backing out of port in the afternoon and headed south to Holland. Once there, it loaded scrap metal at the Padnos dock.
The Pere Marquette 41 was built in 1941 as the car ferry City of Midland 41. It sailed between Michigan and Wisconsin with passengers and freight cars for the Pere Marquette and C&O railroads. In those days, it looked very similar to the SS Badger, which currently sails between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
It was idled in Ludington from 1988-97 as the need for ferries on the lakes declined. It was towed to Muskegon, where its deck cabins and steam engines were removed. It was then taken to Sturgeon Bay, where a notch for a tug was installed.
The 41 was retained, but it was renamed Pere Marquette for its original owner, the Pere Marquette Railroad.
It currently measures 403 feet long; 58 feet wide; and 23 feet, 6 inches deep. It is equipped with a bow thruster.
The tug Undaunted was built in 1944. It is diesel powered and 142 feet long, 33 feet wide and 18 feet deep.
With the tug in the notch, these two vessels measure 493 feet, 6 inches in length.
On Monday, we welcomed three Coast Guard vessels to our port — the Canadian Coast Guard’s Constable Carrière, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay from Cleveland, Ohio; and the USCG cutter Escanaba from Boston, Massachusetts. The Barbara Andrie, from Muskegon, assisted the Escanaba as it tied up at Grand Haven’s Government Basin.
The Coast Guard boats will be open for tours this week. I highly recommend going onboard the vessels if you can.
We may have already gotten the Wilfred Sykes at Meekhof’s D&M by the time this is printed.