The PERE MARQUETTE
17 was built in 1901 by American Ship Building Co. at Cleveland,
Ohio. She was laid up for much of the 1930s because of the
Great Depression. In 1940 she was sold to the State of Michigan
and renamed CITY OF PETOSKEY. In 1961, she was scrapped at
- August 23, 1901 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 arrived
Ludington. Captain Peter Kilty in command.
- March 4, 1902 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17, along with her
sister PERE MARQUETTE 18 were stuck in the ice outside Ludington.
- July 24, 1902 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 made an excursion
trip onto Lake Michigan.
- February 4, 1904 -- Captain Russell of the PERE MARQUETTE
17 reported that Lake Michigan was frozen all the way to Manitowoc.
- February 14, 1904 -- Captain Russell of the PERE MARQUETTE
17 went out to break out the PERE MARQUETTE 15 & PERE MARQUETTE 18
which were stuck in the ice.
- February 14, 1906 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 became stuck in
slush ice while attempting to depart Ludington. After about six
hours, a path was broken up by the MANISTIQUE MARQUETTE AND NORTHERN 1
(later MILWAUKEE) and the NO. 2.
- February 17, 1904 -- Captain Joseph Russell of the PERE
MARQUETTE 17 spend 20 hours straight on the bridge because of ice jams.
- November 21, 1906 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 was being
assisted up the river at Manitowoc by tug Artic when a strong
gust of wind rove the ferry and tug against the north pilings of the
10th Street Bridge, crushing the tug.
- December 30, 1908 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 ran aground 3
miles south of Big Point Sable (near Hamlin). Captain Joe Russell
- January 13, 1909 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 was released and
towed in to Ludington after running aground the previous
December. She spend 13 days on the beach.
- December 28, 1909 -- Wireless telegraphy installed on
the PERE MARQUETTE 17 by the United Wireless Co.
- September 9, 1910 -- PERE MARQUETTE 18 (I) sunk with a loss
of 28 lives, 2 of which from the PERE MARQUETTE 17 which came to the
- May 14, 1915 -- One of the most unusual cargos, two "Jack
Johnsons" (battleship guns) were hauled by the PERE MARQUETTE 17.
- November 17, 1919 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 was laid up at
Manitowoc Shipyards undergoing engine repairs.
- May 15, 1923 -- F&PM 4 collided head on with PERE
- August 9, 1938 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 and 18 left
Milwaukee for Grand Haven carrying 600 United States Army Troops, bound
for Army war maneuvers near Allegan and at Camp Custer.
PUT FERRIES BACK IN SERVICE
PERE MARQUETTE'S 17 & 18 In Service After Accidents
The Pere Marquette carferries 17 and 18, which were out of commission
at Ludington, are again in service as a result of the double accidents
at Ludington Sunday morning, which disabled the CITY OF FLINT and the
PERE MARQUETTE 21.
Ludington Daily News, January 1939
- October 9, 1940 -- The Ludington Daily News reported that
the PERE MARQUETTE 17 may be sold to the State for use at the Straits.
- October 17, 1940 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 17 was towed to the
shipyards at Manitowoc, Wisconsin by the PERE MARQUETTE 21