The S.S. CITY OF FLINT 32 made her last trip out of Ludington
at 2:30 a.m. on December 24, 1969, pulled by 2 tugs. She was built in
1929 in Manitowoc, WI by the Manitowoc Ship Building Corporation at a
cost of $1,250,00 and had 40 staterooms and 5 parlors. She was powered
by two steam turbines driving two General Electric 2,300 volt, 118
r.p.m. motors for a totat h.p. of 7,200. She was sold to Norfolk and
Western Railway Company to be converted into a river ferry barge and
- December 6, 1948 -- The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 & CITY OF
FLINT 32 were ordered by the Pere Marquette Railroad.
- November 27, 1929 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 was launched in
- April 9, 1930 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 entered
service. First Captain: Estan Bayle.
- April 6, 1931 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 set a world record
sailing 101,000 miles in her first year of service.
- January 21, 1935 -- The CITY OF FLINT and the Pere
Marquette 21 were damaged when they struck the Ludington breakwater
within a few hours of each other in a feak storm.
- January 19,1940 -- Gross tonnage for 1939: 3,327 -
Number of crossings: 457.
- October 11, 1940 -- New four-way air whistles were
installed on the CITY OF SAGINAW 31 and CITY OF FLINT 32.
- November 11, 1940 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 ran aground
during the Armistice Day Storm. Captain Jens Vevang in command.
Daily News, July 1942
"MILWAUKEE TRIP IS MUCH ENJOYED"
"Mrs. Clinton Lehman, Mrs. Lenna Murphy, Mrs. D.W. Lehman and daughter,
Arlene, of South Custer, accompanied by Mrs. Ralph Bishop, Mrs. H.
Hawley, Mrs. Evert Lehman, Mrs. Wilda Bishop and guests, all of Flint
enjoyed a pleasant weekend trip to Milwaukee.
Leaving Ludington at 8:45 Saturday morning on the CITY OF FLINT 32 they
arrived in Milwaukee where they spent the night, some of the party
visiting relatives. They returned to Ludington Sunday, enjoying
breakfast on the boat and also encountering quite a hard electical
storm on their homeward trip. The outing proved to be very
enjoyable. The Flint group left for their homes Sunday evening."
- November 14, 1940 -- Following the Armistice Day Storm, The
32 was freed by the tug "John F. Cushing" assisted by the PM 21.
Daily News, March 1941:
"FERRY IN DRYDOCK FOR REPAIRS
The CITY OF FLINT 32 was in the Manitowoc shipyards this weekend for
general repairs, including adjustments to it's shaft.
It was back in service earlier this week. CITY OF SAGINAW, in the
yard for the past couple of weeks for repairs to some damaged plates in
now back in service on the Ludington-Milwaukee run."
- October 3, 1941 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 was heading for
Ludington, while the PERE MARQUETTE 22 was heading for Manitowoc.
They collided head-on about 20 miles outside of Ludington, striking a
glancing blow on their port bows. The PERE MARQUETTE 22 went
directly to Manitowoc for repairs while the CITY OF FLINT 32 unloaded
at Ludington, then steamed for Manitowoc for repairs.
OF FLINT 32 GOES TO SHIPYARD
CITY OF FLINT 32 of the
local Pere Marquette carferry fleet was scheduled to go to Manitowoc,
Wis. today to enter the shipyard there for installation of new stokers,
fans and reconstruction of her stack.
She is expected to be at the shipyard about a month, undergoing work
identical to that already done on her sister ship CITY OF SAGINAW
31. A steamlined stack similar to that of the flagship CITY OF
MIDLAND 41 and identical with that recently put on CITY OF SAGINAW,
will be installed.
Although more modern appearance, principal purpose of the new type of
stack is to make room on the top deck, immediately behind the stack,
for a new fan house, part of the new forced draft stoker and boiler
system already in use on the MIDLAND and CITY OF SAGINAW and now to be
installed on the CITY OF FLINT."
Ludington Daily News, July 1942
- November 11, 1947 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 ran aground at
- November 17, 1967 -- The CITY OF FLINT 32 made her last
run. Capt. John A. Sucharski in command.