The S.S. GRAND RAPIDS was one of six ships built to the same
design by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. Built in 1926, she
entered service for the Grand Trunk later the same year. Her
included the PERE MARQUETTE 21 and 22, built in 1924, the ANN ARBOR NO.
7, built in 1925, the MADISON, built in 1927, and the CITY OF MILWAUKEE,
built in 1931. She was built to replace MILWAUKEE (formerly the
MANISTIQUE MARQUETTE and NORTHERN 1) lost in a storm with all hands in
- October 23, 1926 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS
launched in Manitowoc. She entered service in December of 1926.
- December, 1926-- Grand Trunk Carferry GRAND RAPIDS entered
- December 8, 1927 -- GRAND RAPIDS, while entering Grand
Haven, struck a bar that had been formed by storms about 150 feet off
the pierhead. She lost her way and hit the south pier, suffering
- January 31, 1930 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS
collided with the MADISON from the rear while following her into Grand
Haven after crossing in the ice.
- January 28, 1933 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS,
while apparently having trouble with her radio direction finder, ran
aground near the Lakeside Power Plant south of the Milwaukee
harbor entrance. Several officers were suspended and fined as a
result of the incident.
- March 9, 1933 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS
struck bottom about 200 feet from the pierheads at Grand Haven while in
heavy seas. She lost her way and struck the south pier, damaging
- February 24, 1936 -- The Coast Guard cutter ESCANABA
was enroute Grand Haven to break a path through the channel to free the
Grand Trunk carferries GRAND RAPIDS and CITY OF MILWAUKEE.
- February 17, 1941 -- The GRAND RAPIDS was suck in the ice
|"The bridge at the
Kinnickinic River in Milwaukee was a scene of a
"standoff" between the C&O carferry CITY OF MIDLAND 41 and the
Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS. Both vessels arrived at the
at the same time, and neither vessel would give way to the other.
standoff lasted for approximately an hour until Captain John Assuma of
the CITY OF MIDLAND backed his vessel and allowed Captain Walter P.
Drummure of the GRAND RAPIDS to pass."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
- July 25, 1959 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS
collided with the steamer DOW CHEMICAL. The American Steamship
Company later sued the Grand Trunk-Milwaukee Carferry Company for
- March, 1966 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS was
leased to the Ann Arbor Railroad fleet until May, 1966, for a reported
rate of $750/day.
- October, 1967 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS
re-entered service after being cut in two lenghtways and raised at
- 1970 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS ceased
operations and was used for spare parts for GTs other vessels.
- April 2, 1975 -- The State of Michigan filed a Federal
Court suit to stop the Grand Trunk Railway from selling GRAND
RAPIDS. It was felt that selling the ferry would build a stronger
case for abandonment of the entire ferry service.
- September 9, 1980 -- The first of two fires suffered by the
Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS occurred on September 9, 1980.
The cause of the fire was not determined.
- April 18, 1987 -- Fire caused extensive damage to the Grand
trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS, which was laid up at Muskegon. No
one was on the ferry at the time of the fire and no injuries were
- September 6, 1989 -- The Grand Trunk carferry GRAND RAPIDS
was towed out of Muskegon to be scrapped.