- October 15, 1910 -- Following the loss of the PERE
MARQUETTE 18 the previous September, the Pere Marquette Railway ordered
the PERE MARQUETTE 18(II).
- December 20, 1910 -- PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) launched at
South Chicago. She was the only Great Lakes carferry to be built
in Chicago and the first Pere Marquette carferry to be equipped
with a 5 1/2 foot seagate.
- January 30, 1911 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) arrived in
Ludington, Capt. Joseph Russell in command.
- March 8, 1920 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) became frozen
into the ice approaching Ludington.
- May, 1924 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) began service again
- 1926 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) set an unbelievable feat
by running aground twice in the same year, a fact that Robert Rypley
featured in his syndicated feature "Believe it or Not".
- January 12, 1926 -- The first of 2 groundings in 1926 for
the PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II). She went aground during a snow storm
seven miles south of Manitowoc.
- Decemer 13, 1926 -- The second grounding in 1926 for the
MARQUETTE 18 (II). While approaching Milwaukee the PERE MARQUETTE
18 (II) went aground at full speed, striking a rock which ripping a 48
foot hole in the hull.
"Carferry PERE MARQUETTE NO.
18 will make her first trip across Lake Michigan tonight or Wednesday
morning sinceshe was repaired in the fall.
The NO. 18, which is the
oldest ship in the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co.'s Lake Michigan
fleet, has been tied up in Ludington since she came out of drydock in
The Ludington Daily News, February 1952
- Jauary 28, 1927 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) returned to
service after running agound the previous December.
- July 4, 1952 -- The PERE MARQUETTE 18 (II) was laid up due
to railroad strike. She was never to operate again.
"The sale of the PERE
MARQUETTE 18 (II) was confirmed by the Ludington marine offices of the
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Co. The 18 was sold to Luria Bros. of
Chicago for scrappiing.
The new owners were to remove the carferry withing 90 days."
The Ludington Daily News, August 1957